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Police have charged two men from the Ottawa area with First-Degree Murder in connection with the recent death of a 33-year-old Thunder Bay man.

Shane CABRAL, 19, of Ottawa, and Michael GOMEZ, 20, of Napean face charges of First-Degree Murder for their suspected roles in the Oct. 3 death of Jordan LAPOINTE, 33.

Thunder Bay Police Service officers with the Uniform Patrol Branch were originally dispatched to a residential address in the 100 block of Frederica Street East following reports of a structural fire just after 9:20 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 3.

A deceased individual was located inside the home. As a result, members of the Major Crimes Unit became involved in the investigation of the sudden death and fire.

As a result of their continued investigation, TBPS Major Crimes Unit investigators announced on Friday, Oct. 8 that the sudden death was formally being treated as a homicide investigation.

The investigation led police to identify two male suspects. Major Crimes Unit investigators informed CABRAL and GOMEZ on Tuesday, Oct. 26 of the homicide charges.

Both appeared in court from the District Jail on Wednesday, Oct. 27. Both remain in custody with a future appearance date of Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021.

The investigation remains ongoing.

If you have any information that could assist investigators please call police at 684-1200 or submit tips through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, online at

Both accused were in custody at the District Jail after they were remanded following a Saturday, Oct. 23 bail appearance from the TBPS headquarters. The pair were among four arrested on Friday, Oct. 22 following an unrelated investigation into drug trafficking activity. 

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