Edmonton’s first homicide victim of 2008 mourned
Hundreds of family members and friends mourned the loss of a 46-year-old yesterday, a man who died suddenly from a punch to the head while trying to break up a fight.
During the funeral for Randy George Lintner — a Good Samaritan who died in the city’s first homicide investigation of the year — about 100 people were forced to stand outside since the service was packed with mourners.
Many remembered Lintner as a good person who was always willing to help someone in need.
"He was a good friend, he was always someone to call on when you were in trouble," said George Lintner, the victim’s younger brother. "He was always the big brother, and when we were kids, he would always protect me or pound me — just the kind of thing brothers would do."
He said his younger brother’s best two accomplishments were his two sons.
"They had a father who loved them and a friend who liked them," he said.
Police say Lintner was trying to break up one of three early morning fights that erupted outside of the Canadian Brew House last week, near 127 Ave. and 97 St.
Lintner was rushed to hospital, suffering from head trauma, and died several hours later while he was being treated.
Police believe he didn’t know the people that were involved in the fights and no one is currently in custody in relation to the homicide.
Detectives are still in the process of gathering evidence and talking to witnesses, says police spokeswoman Patrycia Chalupczynska.