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

Halifax police released three men on Saturday night and charged Calvin Maynard Sparks, 23, and Samanda Rose Ritch, 19, with the murder of Nadia Gonzales.

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A young man and woman are each charged with first-degree murder in what has been officially ruled the Halifax region’s third homicide of 2017.

Police have identified the victim from Friday night’s death as Nadia Gonzales, 35, of Dartmouth.

“We believe that the victim and the two accused are known to one another,” said police spokeswoman Cindy Bayers.

“We won’t get into specifics on the relationship at this point.”

Halifax Regional Police were called to Hastings Drive around 7:40 p.m. Friday for what they said was an assault in progress.

Officers located the victim unresponsive inside the building. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

A man was found outside the building and taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries. There's been no update given to police on his condition.

On Saturday, police announced that five people had been arrested in relation to the investigation.

On Saturday night, police released three men, and charged a man and a woman with murder.

Calvin Maynard Sparks, a 23-year-old from Dartmouth, and Samanda Rose Ritch of Halifax, 19, are charged with one count each of first degree murder, attempted murder, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and breach of probation.

Both are scheduled to appear in Dartmouth provincial court on Monday morning.

“We do believe who we have charged are the people responsible,” Bayers said.

Police were expected to remain on scene all day Sunday at the apartment building on Hastings Drive. They were also holding two scenes on Federal Avenue in Halifax.  

Bayers said they are still asking anyone with information about the killing to come forward. She noted police are thankful for the tips already provided by the community.

“It’s always a help when people bring forward information,” she said.

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