History of bloodshed in Hobbema, Alta.

Angelique Rodrigues, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:53 PM ET

EDMONTON - The death of a five-year-old in a drive-by shooting in Hobbema, Alta., is the latest addition to a history of violence in the area.

Ethan Yellowbird was shot dead in a home in Hobbema, 100 km south of Edmonton, about 3:30 a.m. Monday.

He's not the first child to face the consequences of adult violence in the area.

In April 2008, two-year-old Asia Saddleback was shot in the stomach while sitting at a kitchen table in a home at the Samson Cree First Nation.

She recovered, but the bullet will remain lodged in her spine for the rest of her life.

A year later, Christopher Shane Crane plead guilty to several charges related to the toddler's shooting.

Crane claimed he fired one shot at the home on the Samson Cree First Nation on April 13, 2008, to intimidate rival gang members in the area.

Other homicides have also rocked the region in recent years.

In 2008, Dale Deschamps, 21, was found beaten to death in the Samson townsite.

Hobbema resident Darrell Ernest Baptiste, then 22, was handed three years and 14 days for manslaughter in the death.

Later that year, Hobbema resident Jordan Lee Roasting, then 18, was charged with second-degree murder for an Oct. 4 slaying of Brian Randall Littlechild, 20.

Roasting was also charged with five additional firearms-related offences for a separate shooting at about 4:45 a.m. the same day Littlechild was killed.

Three people were hurt, but treated and later released.

And in 2010, Hobbema teen Preston Thom, 15, was shot on the street on Christmas Eve as he and his little brother stood outside their home. Thom had urged his younger brother to run moments before he was struck.

Numerous other homicides have unfolded in the area.

Members of the Samson Cree Nation have even gone so far as to offer a total reward of $50,000 over the years for tips that would lead to the arrest and prosecution of suspects in five unsolved Hobbema homicides.

RCMP members have previously told QMI Agency many of these deaths are gang-related and some cases have been perpetuated by the notorious Hobbema "code of silence."

angelique.rodrigues@sunmedia.ca

-- With files from QMI Agency


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