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Newfoundland father of man slain in Edmonton pleads for help to get body home - Edmonton SunWednesday, July 5, 2017
The father of a 33-year-old man stabbed to death in a north Edmonton alley last week is pleading for help to get his son’s body home to the tiny Newfoundland town where he was raised.Terry Coates — father of Brent Coates who was found fatally wounded near 118 Avenue and 50 Street around 3:30 a.m. Friday — said he hopes to lay his son to rest next to his mother at a family plot in Brown’s Arm, N.L., population 400. “I’ve got a lot of pride and I don’t want to ask anyone for anything, but I have to get my son home,” said Coates Tuesday from his home in nearby Grand Falls-Windsor, N.L. “You’re paying your bills, you’re paying your mortgage, you’re paying everything else, and you’re not thinking about an extra $12,000 or $15,000 to bury your son.”Coates was born in Ontario, raised in Brown’s Arm and moved west as a young man, initially working in construction in Slave Lake. It was there he got the call that his mother had died of a heart attack. His father last saw him at the funeral. “That really affected him,” Coates said. “His mother was e...
Alberta lacrosse world remembers St. Albert teen killed on bicycle - CBC.caWednesday, July 5, 2017
St. Albert, after he was hit by a van while riding his bike."He was a great, great kid," said Norm Maxwell, assistant coach of the teen's Bantam 'A' lacrosse team, the North Edmonton Wizards.Maxwell said Darian's teammates have been devastated by his death and wanted to do something to help his parents and brother and sister.They came up with the idea to set up a GoFundMe page."The boys said a funeral was expensive," Maxwell said. "I'm not sure how they knew that."Darian Mar (front row, third from right), was known for his work ethic and determination among his Wizards teammates. (Murray Sielski)The teammates, aged 13 and 14, wrote a touching tribute for the page.By Tuesday evening they had surpassed their goal of raising $20,000 to cover funeral costs and a special vacation for the Mar family. Several people chipped in $77-donations in honour of Darian's jersey number.Maxwell said he was blown away by the maturity of Darian's teammates, who found out about the tragedy after a game last Thursday, when their coaches broke the news in the dressing room.The Wizards team will observe a moment's silence before every game and will keep the No. 77 jersey Darian wore on the bench for the rest of the season."The boys said it best," Maxwell said. "They all wanted to strive to be like him, because he made the right choices and good decisions."Darian Mar's jersey will be placed on the bench for the Wizards' games and the team is arranging for it to be framed f...
Family raising money to send murder victim's body home to ... - Edmonton JournalThursday, November 17, 2016
Colombia to help their parents.
But when Duran’s brother Ibanez, 42, was killed early Sunday in a vicious, seemingly random attack in north Edmonton, the couple was at a loss what to tell family back home.
“Now my family is scared,” Malkum said.
Sitting in the dining room of their home, Malkum and Duran don’t know why six strangers swarmed Malkum and Ibanez as they walked home from a Latin bar.
Malkum said he didn’t get a good look at any of the attackers, who didn’t say anything when the two men pleaded with them to stop. It was dark and everything happened fast.
“I tried to give a hand to my brother-in-law, but I couldn’t because they were attacking me,” he said Wednesday.
After neighbours heard what was happening and called police, the attackers fled. While waiting for an ambulance, he said he was crying “please wake up, please wake up” over and over again. Police arrived and pulled him away.
Later, at the hospital, a doctor confirmed the worst.
Malkum said he has only spoken to the police to give his statement. For now, fighting for justice for his brother-in-law will wait.
The family is trying to raise the $22,000 needed to send Ibanez’s body to Colombia, where he lived with his girlfriend and 18-year-old son.
Elias Malkum and his wife Milena Duran hold the photo of Malkum’s brother Leonardo Duran Ibanez while speaking about his loss at their home in Edmonton on Wednesday, November 16, 2016. Ian Kucerak / Postmedia
A reflective Father Bob Haggarty looks back on his time in Lillooet - Bridge River Lillooet NewsThursday, April 12, 2018
I said to the seniors, ‘If you can’t get along with the Catholics, you’re free to leave!’” It should be noted the seniors have not gone anywhere. Originally from Alberta, Father Bob was ordained in 1971 as a priest in the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI). The Order was founded in 1816 and has had a presence in British Columbia since 1858. The apostolic Oblates focused on outreach to remote and/or wilderness areas, which B.C. was at the time of the Gold Rush. “The Oblates were there, right at the beginning of the colonization of B.C.,” adds Father Bob, who says those early priests were so young that they were described as altar boys. He can quote the early history of the Oblates in B.C. chapter and verse, but is also fascinated by Canadian military history. He says that’s related to one of his mother’s brothers, who went overseas with the RCAF during the Second World War and was killed in action. “My mother had all these letters and pictures but had no time to organize them. But I thought, ‘If we don’t value his contributions, who’s going to?’ He sacrificed his life for this country, so I felt I owed him that and so I took every photo and every scrap of paper and put them in order.” After he began living here, Father Bob became intrigued by the history of local veterans, particularly the “Boys of Lillooet” whose names are inscribed on the cenotaph on the lawn outside the District Office. “I said to myself, ‘Who are you? Who are you?’” He then spent years researching their lives and eventually produced two volumes (World War One and World War Two) of priceless biographical material - old black and white and sepia photos, precious personal letters written from the front lines, military records and his own conversations with their siblings and other family members - that preserves the memory of the “Boys of Lillooet” for posterity. “Those fellows grew up here, lived within a five or 10-mile radius of downtown Lillooet and they never came back,” he says softly. “I thought they should be remembered and we should be proud of them.” Father Bob believes “history is made up of local people. It’s more than what Prince Charles has done. It’s people who are walking down the street. There’s history there, too.” He continues, “And it’s a good story if you go back and find out what happened. I remember hearing an interview with Mark Forsythe on the CBC and he was coming to Lytton for a public forum on the Gold Rush. It was also about the opening up of the Lillooet area and it was an eye-opener, too. I believe in history and I like to know history. I think the history of Lillooet makes you appreciate the place where you live. And for visitors, so much of B.C.’s history took place within a half mile of here.” He says, “Sometimes I’ll go down to Seton Lake and just sit there and I’ll ask people who are visiting for the day if they know where they are and what happened here. It makes it more interesting for them if they know some of the local history.” Father Bob acknowledges he’s “dealing with the reality of being a senior” and some health challenges involving his eyesight, but hopes to continue living here. “Why would I want to leave Lillooet?” he asks. “The environment here...
Calgary murder victim Nadia El-Dib laid to rest on Easter Sunday - Globalnews.caThursday, April 12, 2018
RCMP officer was injured after a shootout west of Edmonton near Evansburg, Alta. on Thursday night.WATCH: Mason Davis captured this audio from a police scanner during the tense moments when an Alberta RCMP officer was shot and a murder suspect killed west of Edmonton near Evansburg.It started when RCMP said an officer spotted a man who was believed to be wanted on a Canada-wide warrant, and a chase began after he failed to stop his vehicle.In the confrontation that followed, police say the suspect was killed and the RCMP officer suffered minor injuries. Sgt. Brian Topham, 59, was airlifted to hospital in Edmonton after a bullet grazed his head. He was released on Sunday.READ MORE: Evansburg RCMP officer recovering after shootout with murder suspect west of EdmontonLet's block ads! (Why?)...
Conservation group says Alberta grizzly, Bear 148, shot dead in BC - CTV NewsThursday, April 12, 2018
EDMONTON -- Conservationists are mourning the death of a female grizzly bear that had been moved from a popular area west of Calgary this summer to a remote park in northwest Alberta.
Stephen Legault of the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative said Bear 148 was shot by a hunter on Sunday after wandering into British Columbia from its new home.
Legault said the bear was just becoming old enough to have cubs.
"What is really sad is that we have lost the potential that this grizzly bear represented for the further recovery of the threatened species in Alberta," he said Wednesday.
He noted that grizzly bears are often killed after being struck on highways and by trains.
"The fact that this bear was killed by a hunter illustrates the fact that there are many threats to these animals."
The B.C. government plans to ban the killing of grizzly bears for trophy, but not until after this hunting season.
Parks Canada and the Alberta government later confirmed the death of Bear 148.
"This outcome underlines the need for more collaboration across jurisdictions to co-ordinate wildlife and people management at a landscape level," Parks Canada said in an email.
Bear 148 was moved in July from its range near Banff and Canmore, Alta., to Kakwa Wildland Park.
The bear never hurt anyone but had gotten too close to people dozens of times since it was born in the Banff National Park a...