Former high school football star killed in Winnipeg’s Millennium Library

The man identified as the victim in Sunday’s fatal stabbing inside Winnipeg’s downtown Millennium Library is being remembered for his prowess on the high school gridiron.

Tyree Cayer, 28, was a former star running back with the Elmwood Giants, helping lead the high school football team to the 2011 A Division championship game, where the Giants lost to the Sisler Spartans.

“You always had the biggest smile on your face and gave that same smile to everyone around you. Rest easy brother!” said a post on Cayer’s Facebook page.

“The halls of Elmwood are very sad today. May peace find you all in this difficult time,” said a post on a Facebook page created in memory of Cayer.

Tyree shares a moment with his aunt Chantelle, who died in 2017. Cayer’s mom, Tania, said the two were best friends. (Submitted by Tania Cayer)

Three boys age 14 to 16 now face charges in the stabbing death of Cayer. 

A 15-year-old and a 16-year-old are charged with manslaughter, while a 14-year-old is charged with second-degree murder, police said in a news release on Tuesday.

More arrests are anticipated as the investigation continues, police said.

The boys and Cayer became involved in a verbal dispute on Sunday afternoon that escalated into physical violence, police said. Cayer was then stabbed by one of the boys.

Officers were called to the library, at Donald Street and Graham Avenue, just after 4:30 p.m. Cayer was rushed to hospital in critical condition, where he was pronounced dead.

A number of police vehicles sit outside the Millennium Library at 8 p.m. on Sunday, three-and-a-half hours after police were called about the stabbing. (Donna Lee/CBC)

The three boys ran off before police arrived, but homicide investigators identified them, a news release from police said.

Cayer’s mom, Tania, sent an email to CBC News, urging people to remember him as Tyree, not the 51st homicide victim of the year in Winnipeg.

“I’m proud to say he is my son,” she wrote.

The library will remain closed at least until Dec. 19 “as we evaluate next steps for ensuring the safety of all staff and visitors,” the City of Winnipeg said in a statement.

Anyone with information that could help investigators is asked to call police at 204-986-6508 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).

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