Calgary, AB,

Woman charged in relation to the homicide of Shawn McCormack

The woman taken into custody yesterday in relation to the July 2022 homicide of Shawn McCORMACK has now been officially charged. We also continue to ask for the public’s help to locate Justin Aaron CORNELL, who is believed to have information about the homicide.

On Sunday, July 3, 2022, at approximately 9:30 a.m., police were called for reports that a body was located in an alley behind the 1100 block of Frontenac Avenue S.W. Upon arrival, officers located a deceased man, later identified as Shawn Garry McCORMACK, 34, of Calgary. It was later determined that the homicide took place at a residence in Forest Lawn.

On Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022, Devon William SHEDRICK, 29, of Calgary was charged with one count of first-degree murder in relation to the homicide. Investigators believe that additional people aided SHEDRICK during the incident and have been searching for further suspects.

Yesterday, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022, one woman was taken into custody without incident from the Forest Lawn area. As a result, Laura LAVORATO, 44, of Calgary has been charged with one count each of manslaughter and possession of a loaded prohibited firearm. LAVORATO will next appear in court on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022.

We also continue to look for tips from the public to locate Justin Aaron CORNELL, 30, of Calgary. Investigators believe that CORNELL has information about the homicide and have made multiple attempts to locate him which have been unsuccessful. He is described as 5’5” tall, 200 pounds, with black hair and hazel eyes.

“While we have charged a second individual, this investigation is far from over,” says Staff Sergeant Martin Schiavetta of the Calgary Police Service Homicide Unit. “Since July, our detectives have pored over CCTV footage, witness statements and other evidence to ensure that anyone who was involved is held accountable.”

Anyone with information about this homicide is asked to contact police by calling 403-266-1234. Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers through any of the following methods:

TALK: 1-800-222-8477
APP: P3 Tips

Case # CA22267124/3508