Another killing close to Bow pathway marks city’s 22nd murder of ’07



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Crime scene investigators collect evidence from around a park bench along the Bow River pathway last night in the East Village, where 31-year-old Martin Manyiel was murdered Tuesday night.


A man described by friends as “a good guy in the community” has become Calgary’s 22nd murder victim of the year.

Martin Manyiel, 31, a seismic worker and member of the Calgary Sudanese community, died after being stabbed at the corner of 5 Ave. and 6 St S.E., along the notorious pathway system next to the Bow River.

Cops patrolling the area Tuesday night around 8:50 p.m. discovered Manyiel alive but unconscious and unable to speak to officers, Sgt. Kevin Forsen said yesterday.

EMS was called immediately, but Manyiel was pronounced dead at the scene.

“In talking to the frontline officers that do patrol, they do recognize him, but we’re still trying to determine why he was there last night,” said Forsen.

Joseph Kuol, who roomed with Manyiel in 2001, said Manyiel had just returned from “the bush” and was staying at his girlfriend’s house. Kuol said his friend was a good man and a hard worker.

“He was outgoing and a very nice guy. He got along with everyone. He was a good guy actually, a good guy in the community,” said Kuol, who is also from Sudan.

Kuol said he wasn’t sure why Manyiel would have been in the area, and he didn’t know his friend to frequent the East Village.

According to Kuol, two men who were with Manyiel at the time of Tuesday’s night’s killing called community leaders after escaping the incident themselves.

The area around the stabbing has a high volume of joggers, walkers and cyclists, especially during the noon-hour and the recent spate of violent crime in the area is described as typical of the environment by many pathway users.

“It’s not surprising given that we see a lot of ‘activity’ down here, with people from the street that don’t look like they have a home to go to — so there’s a lot of people down here,” said Lynn Lehr, who walks the path with her friend Jeanette Violini.

While Lehr and Violini said drug-dealing and using, drinking and sexual activity are rampant in the area, they still intend to continue using the path during the day.

But they don’t dare ever go alone, something Violini said they used to be able to do.

Ongoing investigation

  • Police had large portions of the pathway closed off to runners all day yesterday as investigators continued to comb the area for evidence.

  • Police have no suspects in custody and are appealing for witnesses to Tuesday night’s attack to come forward.

  • Anyone with information is asked to call 266-1234 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).