Woman killed amid spike in violent crime on reserve in Alberta

A 23-year-old woman was shot and killed on Samson Cree First Nation in Alberta on Monday.

The woman was attending a party inside a house that's next to the one where a 5-year-old boy was killed in July. Authorities aren't saying whether the two incidents are connected but they say crime is on the rise on the reserve.

"It has been going [on] even since the beginning of January," RCMP spokesman Const. Perry Cardinal told CBC News. "We've had shots fired, and I'm not saying every day, but I think we need to make people more aware of it ... and we have to do what we can."

In April 2008, Asia Saddleback was critically injured in a drive-by shooting on the reserve. She was two years old at the time. She survived.

Preston Thom, 15, was shot and killed on December 24, 2010.

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