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Saturday, May 8, 2010

Arrest made in Wolsely woman's killing

The family of a slain Winnipeg woman said Friday they're relieved investigators have made an arrest in the woman's death.
Police said Friday morning they had a man in custody -- but weren't releasing his name -- after Catherine Gastador, 23, was found dead Tuesday in a Preston Avenue condominium block known as the Rothesay.
Winnipeg Police Service spokesman Const. Jason Michalyshen said the man was arrested Friday morning. The suspect faces a second-degree murder charge, but no formal charge has yet been laid.
Gastador was a legal assistant at Fillmore Riley who had wanted to pursue a law career. Her father, Ed Gastador, said he discovered her body in the bedroom of her condo Tuesday afternoon after she didn't show up for work and her fellow employees became worried.
A knife was found beside Catherine's body.
Ed Castador said investigators came to his home Friday morning to tell him about the arrest, but did not divulge the man's identity.
"I feel glad and relieved," he said.

Slain woman's relative told others they were dating: dad
An arrest in Winnipeg’s latest homicide has brought relief to the victim’s parents — even as a new discovery about their daughter’s relationship with a relative has left them bewildered.
Following the slaying of 23-year-old legal assistant Catherine Gastador days ago at her condominium at the Rothesay complex in Wolseley, city police said Friday they’ve arrested a man who faces a charge of second-degree murder.
Police have said almost nothing else about the case, or the discovery of the victim’s body in her suite on Tuesday.
Eduardo Gastador, the father of the city’s sixth homicide victim of the year, said police contacted him about the arrest Friday morning.
“They didn’t give us the name. But I’m feeling relief,” Gastador said of the suspect, whose age was not made public.
Gastador said he and his wife Charito — who adopted Catherine in the Philippines before moving to Winnipeg — have been comforted and “inspired” by supporters.
“I’m very happy about that. But it’s not enough,” he said of the arrest. “My daughter is gone. It’s too late now.”
Adding to the family’s stress are separate discoveries about a male relative against whom Catherine had been granted a three-year protection order in February 2007. She applied months later to have the order rescinded.
Eduardo Gastador said he learned this week that the relative has been living at the same condo building as Catherine.
“I didn’t know that,” he said. “He was even saying to everyone that Catherine and him were (dating).”

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