Victim of College Ave. homicide was 25-year-old father with ‘big heart’

Family and friends are mourning the loss of a 25-year-old father and the city police Service are looking for information following an alleged shooting homicide in Winnipeg this weekend. Morgan Modjeski reports.

Blood can still be seen outside an apartment in Winnipeg after a shooting that killed a 25-year-old father and sent a shockwave through his circles of friends and family.

Daniel Raymond Garvey-Rodriquez was killed on Sept. 10 according to Winnipeg police, who are now looking for any information about the alleged homicide, which they responded to in the 200 block of College Ave Sunday night.

There, Garvey-Rodriquez was found shot and was transported to hospital, but died of his injuries. His long-time friend, Jazzmine Felix, says the young man’s death is a massive loss.

“He was just the most amazing person ever,” said Felix.

The two grew up together, saying the young man had moved from Cuba with his family. Befriending both Felix and her mother, she is remembering her friend as someone who cared deeply for those around him.

“He had a big heart, for his mom too. He was always trying to take care of his mom, trying to help others around him.”

Daniel Raymond Garvey-Rodriquez, 25, has been identified as the homicide victim of an alleged shooting on Sept 10, 2023 in the 200 block of College Avenue. (Supplied)

Remembering things like New Year’s Eve fireworks in a St. James parking lot and Rodriquez insisting on buying chips for her kids, Felix says while the young man may have found himself on a rough path, he had a good heart and did not deserve what happened to him.

Now, she’s pleading with anyone who has information about the shooting to come forward.

Jazzmine Felix, says Daniel Raymond Garvey-Rodriquez, 25, was a good friend with a big heart and he’s being remembered as someone always willing to help people around him. (Morgan Modjeski/CityNews)

“Justice is the biggest thing. His family needs to heal, we need to heal. Whoever is out there, they destroyed his mom. They destroyed us. He was a really good person,” said Felix.

A nearby neighbour, who didn’t want to appear on camera, was the one who called for help after hearing a loud bang and witnessing a struggling Garvey-Rodriquez stumble from the building, and then fall onto the grass.

“He wasn’t getting up. He wasn’t moving. His feet weren’t moving and that’s when I called 911,” explained the neighbour.

She says she was hoping — and praying — the man would pull through, and was sad when she heard he had died. She says the building, — which CityNews confirmed is owned by the Penner family, sometimes operating under the Living Recovery Foundation name — is an almost constant scene of emergency response.

An eyewitness told CityNews that Garvey-Rodriquez stumbled out of this College Avenue apartment building – owned by the Penner family which owns several problematic buildings in the city — before collapsing on the grass outside. (Photo Credit: Morgan Modjeski, CityNews)

“It’s always drama. Always something. Something is always happening. Daily or at least three or four times a week,” she explained.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the the homicide unit or Crime Stoppers.

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