Twelve days after a man died on Pandora Avenue, police have now deemed his death a homicide.
The day after the man’s death, numerous campers on Pandora told CHEK News the man had been shot, but police did not confirm those details.
Paramedics called Victoria police around 3:45 a.m. on Sept. 14 for a man in “medical distress.” Outreach workers identified the man as Michael “Mikey” Henning, a quiet, but prominent figure in Victoria’s unhoused community.
Now, on Sept. 26, police are confirming Henning’s death on Pandora was a homicide.
VicPD says officers were called to the 1000 block of Pandora Avenue by BC Emergency Health Services about a man in medical distress and he later died from his injuries.
Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit investigators have determined the death was a homicide, but say the risk to the public is low.
Anyone with information is asked to call the VIIMCU information line at (250) 380-6211.
Amy Allard, with Sea Spring Coalition who knew Mikey, says he was well respected, took care of a lot of people, and had a long history of living on the streets of Victoria.
“I just really want him to be remembered as the whole person he was, for all that he was,” said Allard on Sept. 15. “He wasn’t just another person on the sidewalk. He was a leader in the community.”
Members of the community have organized a memorial for Henning on Sept. 28 at 1:30 p.m. in the Spiritual Care Room at 919 Pandora Ave.