Cops quiz drivers about Edmonton’s latest homicide


Ben Lemphers/for metro edmonton — Inset photo: Facebook public site


Flowers sit on the west side of 170 Street near 87 avenue where Shernell Sharon Pierre was found dead last week. Inset: Pierre poses with her car, which she was found dead in.



Police are pulling out all the stops to find out how an Edmonton nurse ended up dead inside her burning car only 30 minutes after she left her shift at the Misericordia Hospital Wednesday night.

Police say 26-year-old Shernell Sharon Pierre was murdered. Her charred body was found by firefighters inside her 2003 Toyota Corolla that was set ablaze on the busy 170 Street, just south of 87 Avenue.

Police won’t say how the woman died but conclude she wasn’t killed from the fire.

Nor was her death a random incident or gang-related, say investigators. And they have yet to pinpoint how the fire was started.

After conducting a traffic stop at the scene Friday night to talk to motorists if they saw anything suspicious before the car was found, an Edmonton Police duty officer told Metro yesterday tips are coming in, but they still need witnesses to come forward.

Police investigators are hoping to talk to someone who may have seen Pierre leave the Misericordia Hospital after her shift around 11 p.m. where it’s believed she walked out of the southwest entrance before entering her vehicle.

The car was found burning on 170 Street a couple of blocks from the hospital half an hour later. Police recovered her purse and its contents near a bush on a busy walkway at 176 Street and 87 Avenue Thursday afternoon.

On Pierre’s public Facebook account, the young woman is seen posed in a handful of pictures proudly next to her shiny grey Toyota complete with shiny rims and tinted windows. Meanwhile, more than a dozen large sunflowers could be seen sticking out of the snow as part of a vigil where that car was found burning last week.

Tributes on Facebook also continue to pop up on Pierre’s public profile.

"Every time I think of you, I will smile through the anger," read one post by friend Danielle Sorensen Saturday.

"Keep smiling where ever you are."