Suspect Arrested and Charged with Murder in Thunder Bay

Police Line

Police have made an arrest in connection with a homicide investigation from earlier this month.

Incident and Initial Response

On June 1, 2024, just after 3 a.m., emergency services were called to the Kaministiquia River Heritage Park after a passerby discovered an unresponsive adult male. The victim, identified as 34-year-old Francis Joseph Valle of Thunder Bay, was transported to the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre where he was pronounced deceased.

Investigation and Arrest

The Major Crimes Unit and Forensic Identification Unit conducted a thorough investigation, which led to the identification and subsequent arrest of a suspect. Joshua Christian Peter Diamond, 39, of Thunder Bay, was apprehended on Sunday, June 9, 2024.

Charge Details: Second-Degree Murder in Canada

In Canada, second-degree murder is defined as an intentional killing that is not premeditated, or a killing caused by dangerous conduct with disregard for human life. It differs from first-degree murder, which is premeditated and planned. Second-degree murder carries a mandatory life sentence, but parole eligibility can vary based on the circumstances and the offender’s history.

Court Appearance and Custody

Diamond appeared in court on Monday, June 10, 2024, and has been remanded into custody pending a future court appearance.

Community Assistance

Anyone with further information regarding this case is urged to contact the Thunder Bay Police Service Major Crimes Unit.


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