Nunavut man, 19, charged with murder in Yellowknife

35-year-old victim was from Kugluktuk, police confirm

Darren Nulliayuk, 19, from Nunavut is facing one count of murder in connection with the death of a 35-year-old Kugluktuk man, who died after being assaulted in Yellowknife on July 22, a spokesperson for the Northwest Territories RCMP said on Monday. (File photo)

By Nunatsiaq News

Updated on Monday, July 31, 2023 at 9:30 p.m.

An incident in Yellowknife has left one Nunavut man dead and another Nunavut man charged with murder.

On July 22, at approximately 7:15 p.m., RCMP officers from the Yellowknife detachment responded to a report of an assault in the parking lot of Capital Suites on Franklin Avenue, Cpl. Matt Halstead said.

They found a 35-year-old male, who police say was from Kugluktuk, unresponsive and suffering serious injuries. He was transported to hospital and subsequently airlifted to Edmonton in serious condition.

The victim later died in hospital. Police did not release his name.

Soon after the incident, RCMP officers arrested Darren Nulliayuk of Nunavut and charged him with aggravated assault, common assault and uttering threats.

Late Monday, police confirmed Nulliayuk had been charged with murder.

He appeared in court and was held in custody. Police did not identify Nulliayuk’s hometown.

The investigation is being led by the RCMP’s major crime unit.

Correction: This story was updated from a previous version to correct the name of the man who was charged as it appeared in the photo caption.


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  1. Posted by Mit on

    Kugluktuk turning into murder capital of Nunavut man

    • Posted by TP on

      How does a murder allegedly committed by a man from Taloyoak in Yellowknife against someone from Kugluktuk make Kugluktuk the murder capital of Nunavut?

    • Posted by One way street. on

      This is what happens with too much alcohol control. They go to a place where there is no control and loose control. How will our young people ever learn to control themselves in a place where big brother is always holding your hand. Let go already and growup.

    • Posted by Naja bolt on

      Can you read? It says a man from Kugluktuk was the victim of a murder in Yellowknife.

    • Posted by Citizen on

      Kugluktuk? Nunavut Capital for Murder? Wow!! Read properly!! ?

    • Posted by Umingmak on

      Iqaluit and Rankin Inlet are still far, far worse than the entire Kitikmeot Region combined.

      • Posted by Amarok on

        Your region has it’s far share, one is not better than the other, depending on where you live we like to think it’s better where we live, for a small population in the Kitikmeot there is a lot a violence in your region, stats don’t lie.
        Instead of division we need to come together as Nunavummiut to tackle all the social issues that plague our territory not point fingers.

        • Posted by TP on

          In general any community in Nunavut is a far more dangerous place to live than almost anywhere else in Canada. Per capita crime statistics are outrageously high right across the territory. Only the NWT comes close to Nunavuts numbers.

        • Posted by Umingmak on

          I live in Iqaluit. I can assure you that the Kitikmeot is a much safer place than here.

          • Posted by Wayne Goose on

            Every place is becoming like that. Even here.


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