Homicide victim remembered as 'happy-go-lucky' woman

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A 27-year-old homicide victim from Chippewas of the Thames First Nation is being remembered as a mother, sister and daughter who loved to sing and dance.

“She was a happy-go-lucky girl,” Colleen McLaughlin said of her niece, Shaniqua Henry.

“She didn’t care what people thought of her. She would dance and sing. She didn’t care what she sounded like or how she danced.”

Emergency crews were called in the early morning hours on July 19 to reports of a sudden death on Jubilee Road at Chippewas of the Thames, about 30 minutes southwest of London, Middlesex OPP said.

Investigators with the Middlesex OPP major crime unit and the province’s coroner’s department are probing the death that was ruled suspicious, police said Thursday.

Koree Dockstater, 31, of London, is charged with second-degree murder in Henry’s death. She appeared in court Thursday and was remanded into custody until her next appearance next Thursday.

The accused is a close friend of Henry, McLaughlin said.

“We’re still in shock. We can’t believe this happened,” she added. “We just want to see justice served.”

A funeral for Henry was held last Saturday. A daughter, sister, partner and mother of a five-year-old girl, Henry was the kind of person that “would do anything for anybody,” McLaughlin said.

Her favourite thing to do, she recalled, was taking pictures of food. “She loves cooking,” McLaughlin said, speaking of Henry at times in the present tense. “No one was allowed to touch the food until she took pictures of everything.”

Anyone with information about the investigation is asked to call Middlesex OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

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Calvi Leon, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, London Free Press

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