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Two charged with first-degree murder in Dartmouth woman’s death

Two people have been charged with first-degree murder after a woman was found dead in a Dartmouth apartment building on Friday night. In a news release Sunday, Halifax police identified the dead woman as Nadia Gonzales, 35, of Dartmouth.
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Halifax police work outside an apartment building on Hastings Street at Prince Arthur Avenue in Dartmouth on Friday after a woman was found dead and a man seriously injured. (TIM KROCHAK / Local Xpress)

Two people have been charged with first-degree murder after a woman was found dead in a Dartmouth apartment building on Friday night.

On Sunday, Halifax police identified the dead woman as Nadia Gonzales, 35, of Dartmouth. Police said that after an autopsy, the medical examiner's office ruled her death as a homicide.

A 69-year-old man was also seriously injured in the incident. He appeared to have stab wounds to the arm, stomach and back was found on the lawn of the Southdale-North Woodside Elementary School across the street from the apartment building, a witness said Friday.

Calvin Maynard Sparks, 23, of Dartmouth, and Samanda Rose Ritch, 19, of Halifax, were both charged with one count each of first-degree murder, attempted murder and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose. Sparks was also charged with breach of probation, and Ritch with breach of recognizance.

They were arrested in Halifax on Saturday morning, police spokeswoman Cindy Bayers said Sunday.

Three men arrested Friday night at or near the scene of the death were released the next day without being charged.

Halifax police responded to the apartment building at 33 Hastings Dr. at 7:42 p.m. Friday after receiving a call about an assault in progress.

Bayers wouldn't say whether Gonzales was a resident of the building. She also wouldn't say whether the injured man was with her at the time. She did say they were both known to Ritch and Sparks and that police don't believe the attack was random. 

Police were still investigating at the scene on Sunday afternoon. 

Ritch and Sparks will appear in Dartmouth provincial court Monday morning.



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