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<p>Edmonton’s latest homicide victim was known to have connections with gangs, but police investigators are still trying to figure out if the attack in a quiet south-side neighbourhood Saturday morning was gang related.</p>

Weekend murder victim known to have gang ties


Edmonton’s latest homicide victim was known to have connections with gangs, but police investigators are still trying to figure out if the attack in a quiet south-side neighbourhood Saturday morning was gang related.



With 2008 not much more than a month old, the city is experiencing a spate of gang violence.



In Allendale, where the weekend’s fatal stabbing took place, a neighbourhood pub owner says he’s still in shock one day after a man was killed only a short walk away from his drinking establishment Saturday morning.



Eric Mak, who has owned the Allendale Pub for 10 years, says the neighbourhood is usually quiet, and so is his pub — the only bar in the neighbourhood.



"This is a pretty good area and usually every day is always the same here," said Mak yesterday.



Police say they were called to 106 Street and 63 Avenue after a neighbour noticed a man lying in the snow bleeding sometime before 7 a.m. Saturday.



When they arrived five minutes after the call, a 20-year-old man was rushed to hospital where he later died, police said. An autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow.



The bar also served close to 30 customers that night, mostly regulars, and nothing seemed out of the ordinary, said Mak.



On Friday, police responded to a home on 115 St. and 175 Ave. around 3 a.m. where they found a man with gunshot wounds to his abdomen in another gang related attack. A short time later, police also responded to a report of shots fired at another house near 69 St. and 166 Ave.



Two youths with gang affiliations were also charged with stabbing a 21-year-old at the Central LRT station during a late Friday night fight, police confirmed. The 21-year-old was treated in hospital for a minor stab wound.



There was also two other reported gang shootings in the city last week where no one was injured in both incidents.



Police say none of the shootings or the stabbing appears to be related.




jeff.cummings@metronews.ca



















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  • The weekend death was Edmonton’s fourth homicide of the year, compared with four at this time last year.


 
 
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