Hushed Hazeldean home to city’s 17th homicide
Jeff Cummings/Metro Edmonton
Residents who live in the usually quiet neighbourhood of Hazeldean say they still feel safe despite the droves of police searching yesterday for a cyclist allegedly involved in what’s believed to be a drug-related murder.
Homicide detectives were called out to an entrance of the Mill Creek Ravine Park around 7:40 p.m. Tuesday after a report of shots being fired in the neighbourhood where they discovered a man found dead inside a black Chrysler 300 parked on 93 Street near 68 Avenue.
After shots were fired, witnesses told police that a man fled on a bicycle and into the Mill Creek Ravine Park, according to Edmonton Police Services spokesperson Karen Carlson.
“My daughter and I lived here for more than 25 years and this is always a quiet and friendly neighbourhood,” Hazeldean resident Ida Lochrie said.
Local resident and senior Rovert Hirzer, who lives one block away from where the car was found, says he will continue to walk in the park during evening hours because “it was just an isolated incident.”
“This is the first real crime of that magnitude in this neighbourhood that I have ever heard of … but it really gets you thinking about who your neighbours are,” said Mark Quinn, another resident who lived in the neighbourhood for 12 years.
Police say they are still searching for a “person of interest” by following up on strong leads. They also recovered a grey Norco mountain bike yesterday from an embankment in a wooded area near a park bike path.
Police haven’t confirmed if the bike was the one used in the shooting, which, according to Carlson, they believe is drug-related.
“This was an incident where the two people knew each other — it was a random incident where residents in that neighbourhood shouldn’t be concerned about their every day life,” Carlson said.
Homicide detectives are not releasing the cause of death after completing autopsy yesterday afternoon on the victim. But the victim is described to be in his early 20s.
Police say the victim's name will not be released until next of kin are notified.
One more homicide…