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Hobbema death ruled to be a homicide

The killing of a 16-year-old male in Hobbema early Saturday has now been ruled a homicide.

RCMP upgraded the death of the teen to murder after an autopsy was conducted.

The Red Deer RCMP Major Crimes Unit, Hobbema RCMP Community Response Unit and Wetaskiwin/Hobbema RCMP General Investigation Section continue to investigate the fatal shooting of the youth on the Samson Cree Nation.

Late Saturday, police said they believed the killing may not have been a random act and that they were checking into whether gangs may have been involved.

Police say they continue to follow up on all and any information and are encouraged by the co-operation of community members.

Anyone with information is asked to call RCMP at 780-585-3767 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-422-TIPS (8477).

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