One of two accused related to slain man: Cops
A 35-year-old man gunned down inside a posh condo building was related to one of the two young offenders charged with his murder, Edmonton homicide Det. Bill Clark said yesterday.
Police won’t comment, however, on what the dead man’s familial relationship is with one of the youths.
Police charged the two youths, aged 16 and 17, with first-degree murder and numerous weapons offences Saturday night, just over 15 hours after the man’s body was discovered at the Beatty Lofts building on 107 St. and 103 Ave.
"We believe this was a planned and deliberate attack and the accused are known to the victim," said Clark, adding the pair was already at police headquarters for questioning when they made the arrest Saturday night.
"We were actually talking to them, and after inquiring witnesses, there was a big change in the investigation that led to them being arrested," said Clark.
Police also credit the dead man’s family for helping out with the case.
"They helped us in the early parts of the investigation — they helped us with the little things we needed and it all came together in a short period of time," said Clark.
Meanwhile, police say the murder investigation has led to police seizing over $200,000 in cocaine, weapons and cash.
The victim, who can’t be identified in risk of identifying the accused, also has a long criminal past with Edmonton cops, said Clark, who refused to release further details in the man’s past.
"(The victim and the accused) are all part of the drug culture, we believe," said Clark.
Clark says members of EPS’ gang and drug units are all involved in the case.