Cops confirm latest homicide as mourners hold vigil for year’s fourth murder victim
robin kuniski/for metro calgary
While about 80 friends, family and strangers held a vigil for Calgary’s fourth homicide victim of the year, city cops confirmed another as the fifth.
Just an hour before the mourners held a vigil for 41-year-old Arcelie Laoagan, the victim of a brutal murder last week, police ruled Tuesday’s suspicious death a homicide.
Calgary police spokesperson Kevin Brookwell told reporters a 17-year-old black male found on a Mount Pleasant NW street died from a stab wound.
“It’s still too early to determine whether this was a random attack or a target attack, but Calgarians should always remain vigilant and be aware of their surroundings,” Brookwell said, adding the identity cannot be released yet pending notification of next of kin.
The murder marks Calgary’s fifth in 2008, but it’s actually the sixth murder since Dec. 31, 2007.
“Even one murder is a concern for city police and we take them seriously,” Brookwell said, adding multiple police officers were busy investigating despite the number of open murder cases they face.
Meanwhile at Franklin Train Station people marched in remembrance of Laoagan, who was left for dead near a southeast church last week.
Her sister, unable to finish her words when speaking to supporters, said the march was to remember their loved one.
“We all feel this loss. We want to thank everyone who made this possible…” she said, her voice trailing off. “In your heart,” the sister couldn’t finish her sentence but a family friend said, “We decided to walk where she walked and hold a vigil for the community to grieve and heal.”
A group of mourners wearing signs saying “stop the war against women” and “end violence” joined the family with candles, walking to the Grace Baptist Church where Laoagan was found.
Doug Reeves, who attends the church, came out to support the family holding a sign saying “men must stand up to end violence against women” and with tears in his eyes explained why to Metro.
“We are the ones committing the violence against women, and we are the ones who need to stand up and stop the violence against women,” he said, voice soft with emotion.
Only one charged