Quebec police confirm murder-suicide in Nunavik deaths

Ivujivik couple was found dead in a home March 25

Quebec police have now confirmed the March deaths of an Ivujivik couple were the result of a murder-suicide. (File photo)

By Sarah Rogers

Quebec police have confirmed that the March deaths of a Nunavik woman and man were the result of a murder-suicide.

Nunavik police discovered the bodies of two people, Peter Ainalik, 44, and Kataluk Paningayak-Naluiyuk, 43, March 25 in a home in Ivujivik. The investigation was then handed over to Quebec provincial police.

“We’ve concluded that the man killed the woman and then took his own life,” said Sûreté du Québec spokesperson Sgt. Nancy Fournier on Monday.

The police investigation into the deaths is now closed, she said.

Police aren’t providing any other information about the incident, saying those details will eventually be made public in a coroner’s report once autopsies have been completed.

Ainalik had a documented history of violence against Paningayak-Naluiyuk and others.

He was sentenced to jail time in 2019 after he was convicted of assault causing bodily harm against Paningayak-Naluiyuk and breaching restraining orders to stay away from the woman.

Since 1999, Ainalik has been convicted of at least three assault charges on other individuals; he also has three sexual assault convictions dating back to 2002.

Paningayak-Naluiyuk was a mother to five children, who are now staying with other family members. A relative is collecting donations to support the family on the online crowdfunding site, GoFundMe.

Her death marks the second suspected murder-suicide in Nunavik since the beginning of the year.

In early February, a woman in Kuujjuaq died following an attack, while her estranged partner was found dead in a separate home that same morning.

Police have yet to confirm the circumstances of Elisapee Angma and Thomassie Cain’s deaths. But court records show Cain had a recent history of alleged assaults and harassment of Angma, prompting a series of court-ordered conditions for the man to stay away from her.

Paningayak-Naluiyuk’s death also marks the eighth incidence of a man killing his partner in Quebec since the beginning of 2021, prompting a series of marches against domestic violence across the province this past weekend.

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