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added June 19

Local historian Lawrence Herzog writes about Edmonton's Taxi Pioneers.


added May 22

Edmonton historian Lawrence Herzog writes about The Beverly Cenotaph.


added April 25

Edmonton historian Lawrence Herzog writes about The Metals Building.


added March 3

In 1954, 1080 CHED signed on and eventually became Edmonton's most successful radio broadcasting outlet. Read more as CHED marks 60 years on the air – the latest entry in the Vintage Edmonton Radio series of pages.



2013 entries


added March 13

Former CFRN-TV personality Eric Neville looks back on his years hosting Popcorn Playhouse – the latest entry on the Vintage Edmonton Television series of pages.


added March 4

The lone survivor of the deadliest armed robbery in Alberta history finally broke his silence. Nine months after he was shot in the head during the University of Alberta HUB Mall shooting, Matthew Schuman recalled the event and and detailed his road back to health.



2012 entries


added June 19

A homeless man who died of an assault that took place two days earlier was identified as 47-year-old Wesley Bunker. Police charged Courtney Alex McDonald, 29, with manslaughter in connection with Edmonton's 13th homicide of the year.


added June 15

The deadliest armed robbery in Alberta history left three persons fatally shot and one man with critical injuries. Police soon arrested 21-year-old Travis Baumgartner in connection with the University of Alberta HUB Mall Shooting case.


added June 9

Police investigated what at first looked like Edmonton's 10th homicide of 2012 after a body was found between a high school and a leisure centre. The death was later determined to be non-criminal.


added June 8

Human remains found north of Edmonton in May 2012 have been identified as 29-year-old Deanna Marie Bellerose, a sex-trade worker missing since September 2002.


added June 6

Police have charged a man after 31-year-old Gabriel Gregg died of injuries sustained during an altercation outside a downtown Edmonton lounge. Gregg's death was the city's ninth homicide of the year.


added June 3

A 24-year-old Edmonton man with ties to two Fort McMurray murders was gunned down inside a Toronto shopping centre. Police figure the death of Somali-Canadian Ahmed Hassan was a case of gang retribution.


added May 31

Mystery continues to surround the discovery of two people found dead inside an Edmonton home – apparent victims of carbon monoxide poisoning. Homicide detectives are leading the investigation.


added May 24

Police have laid a charge of second-degree murder against a young offender in the April 2011 homicide of John Stanley Kwiatkowski. The 29-year-old had been found dead in his home.


added May 23

On October 5th, 2005, 43-year-old Rose Brenda Decoteau was found strangled to death in a west-end motel. Nearly seven years later, police reveal new details in the cold case.


added May 23

Police have made arrests in connection with Edmonton's eighth homicide of the year after an altercation left 41-year-old Daniel Edward Barata dead from a stab wound. Three men face charges of second-degree murder.


added May 16

Edmonton historian Lawrence Herzog writes about Shirley Lowe, Historian Laureate.


added May 8

Homicide detectives and arson units continue to investigate after 28-year-old Philipp Jochen Woehrle's body was found in the basement of a burning building. The death marks Edmonton's seventh murder of the year.


added May 6

Edmonton police continue to investigate the city's sixth homicide of the year after 32-year-old Yehai Hassan Al-Bekai was shot outside a lounge across from Rexall Place.


added May 6

A new documentary looks at the reasons why So Many Somalis have been murdered in Alberta with a vast majority of the cases remaining unsolved.


added May 5

Spruce Grove/Stony Plain RCMP investigated the suspicious deaths of two people whose bodies were found inside a rural residence west of Edmonton. Friends said the deaths of Walter & Darla Dahmer were likely the result of a murder-suicide.


added May 3

Police have laid charges in connection with Edmonton's fifth homicide of 2012 after 20-year-old Savanah Morin died following an altercation in a downtown highrise apartment building.


added April 29

Edmonton police have laid a charge of manslaughter in connection with the death of 34-year-old Dennis James Moyah who had been found beaten outside a south-side apartment building. Moyah's death was the city's fourth homicide of 2012.


added April 27

Edmonton police are investigating a suspicious death in the city's river valley system after the unconscious body of an 18-year-old woman was found underneath a bridge.


added April 23

Police released images of four stolen vehicles believed to be connected to the April 2011 homicide of 29-year-old John Stanley Kwiatkowski who had been found dead in his home.


added April 13

Eight hours after 34-year-old Jeff Oatway was placed in a cell at Edmonton police headquarters, he got into a scuffle and a Taser was deployed. Oatway collapsed and after two days in a coma he died. The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team is investigating the matter.


added April 12

Nearly 3 1/2 years after she disappeared, human remains found near Westlock were identified as those of 40-year-old Annette Margaret Holywhiteman. Project KARE now leads the investigation into the sex-trade worker's death.


added April 5

On December 14th, 2011, a late-night rendezvous in a west-end park left 17-year-old Russell Haidar dead from gunshots wounds. Police have now charged a third man with second-degree murder in connection with the case.


added April 5

RCMP continue to investigate after 20-year-old Morgan Drew Arcand-Faithful died as a result of a street fight in Morinville, a town of 9,000 just north of Edmonton.


added March 29

Police are investigating Edmonton's third homicide of 2012 after Chad Swanson was found dead in an SUV in the city's north end. The 26-year-old was due in court to face drug charges the day after he died.


updated March 23

Fifty-seven-year-old Keith Oliver was found face down in an alley on March 4th, 2012. He died in hospital ten days later having suffered major head trauma and multiple broken ribs. After an eight-day delay, Edmonton police made an appeal for information.


added March 19

On March 19th, 2011, Spruce Grove/Stony Plain RCMP were called to a home on the Enoch First Nation Reserve southwest of Edmonton after the body of a deceased male was found outside a home. An autopsy determined 20-year-old Myron Dakota Cutknife died of homicide. A year later, Cutknife's mother made an appeal to the public for clues to his death.


added March 7

In March 2008, as Edmonton Fire Rescue dealt with a car fire, they discovered the charred remains of 26-year-old Shernell Sharon Pierre lying slumped in the driver's seat. Nearly four years later, police charged Pierre's former boyfriend with first-degree murder.


added March 6

On December 31st, 2011, a house fire claimed the life of 60-year-old Rukmani Prasad and left her husband with severe burns. On February 27th, 2012, 63-year-old Suendra Prasad, Rukmani's husband, died in hospital. On March 6th police declared the matter a homicide, bringing 2011's murder total to 48.


added March 6

Police continue to investigate Edmonton's second homicide of 2012 after 25-year-old Billy Canh Ho was stabbed during an altercation near a south side McDonald's restaurant.


added February 27

Police continue to investigate an aggravated assault in a Garneau area home that left 51-year-old Marie Sapp dead. Homicide detectives later charged a 28-year-old man with two counts of aggravated assault but the death was not considered a murder pending further toxicology tests.


added February 19

Police continue to investigate Edmonton's first homicide of 2012 after 22-year-old Welid Sahle Meskel was found dead in a north-side alley suffering an apparent head injury.


added February 13

Police released new details in the form of a video regarding the homicide of 29-year-old John Stanley Kwiatkowski who had been found dead in his home in April 2011.


added February 10

Police announced that an arrest had been made in the homicide of Michael Wayne Tunnicliffe. The 26-year-old was shot in July 2011 on a street in Edmonton's north end. Craig Michael Nagy, 22, was charged with first-degree murder and four firearms-related offences.



So Many Somalis

When reporting Somali-Canadian deaths, media often refer to the number of young men slain in Alberta as ranging anywhere from 20 to three dozen. The actual list can be seen here on the Last Link's exclusive So Many Somalis page.


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