deadmonton 2004 - joey morin aka joey campbell

Joey Morin aka Joey Campbell, 34, was shot to death January 30th, 2004.

Case status is open and active.

Late in the evening of January 30th, 2004 gunshots erupted in the parking lot of the Saint Pete's strip club at 11125 156 Street. Two men died as a result of the attack and police at the time feared the start of a war between rival motorcycle gangs.

Shot were 34-year-old Robert Charles Simpson, who died at the scene, and Joey Morin, who died in hospital the next day. The double homicide were Edmonton's third and fourth murders of 2004.

Police did not release any information on what calibre of weapon was used, how many shots were fired or how many times each man was shot.

Media reports quoted sources as saying there were multiple shots to almost every part of their bodies.

Morin was reported to be hit with as many as seven bullets, with one arm almost severed.

A criminologist speculated "Two guys, maximum four bullets, that's a professional hit and if the whole place was sprayed, then it was either done by really frightened amateurs or by another group trying to make a very serious point."

Witnesses reported seeing two vehicles speed away after the shooting.

Peter Bodenberger, Saint Pete's owner, said his club had no affiliation with gangs and said the shooting happened about 20 metres away from the club's entrance.

"We as a club had no involvement with the incident," he said. "We don't even get fights in the bar so this is very unusual. The staff is pretty upset."

Joey (Crazy Horse) Morin -- who changed his name from Joseph Robert Campbell in 2001 -- was a probationary member of the Bandidos motorcycle club, a Hells Angels' rival which was setting up a chapter in Edmonton.

Morin was long associated with the defunct Rebels club, which closed down in 1997 soon after the arrest of Scott Jamieson, the club's secretary-treasurer. Morin was also briefly a Hells Angel.

Sources close to the investigation suggested that Simpson was also associated with the Bandidos gang and was in Edmonton to help set up shop.

At the time of the killings the Bandidos web site identified Joey Morin as a "probationary" member and Robert Simpson as a "hangaround."

Morin worked for a floor-laying company and as an agent for Independent Artists, an Alberta-based firm that booked nude dancers for clubs throughout Western Canada.

The Saint Pete's club where he was murdered was an IA client. The exotic dancing industry has been traditionally been controlled by the Hells Angels.

In October 2004, the Bandidos patched over to the Angels in a quiet Red Deer ceremony. The Angels-Bandidos detente was already in place when Morin was shot.

More than 200 friends, family and business associates attended Morin's funeral held at an south-side Edmonton chapel on February 6th, 2004. On a flatbed outside the chapel was displayed Morin's chopper.

In attendance were a half-dozen Bandidos in full gang colour -- including John Muscedere, Paul Sinopoli, and George "Crash" Kriarakis.

Muscedere, Sinopoli and Kriarakis were among eight Bandidos murdered on April 8th, 2006 near Shedden, Ontario (see CBC News Indepth: Ontario mass murder).

On March 23rd, 2001 a friend of Joey Morin was killed in a collision with a train.

Ken Mire, 46, drove his 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee into a southbound train at a marked level crossing on 114th Avenue west of 142nd Street.

Mire had been a member of motorcycle clubs for 20 years. He was a long-time Rebels motorcycle club member before he joined the Nomads chapter, which fell under the umbrella of the Hells Angels organisation.

In July 1997 Morin and Rebels associate member Kevin Dale Ostaszewski were charged after a police raid on the gang's club house at 115th Avenue and 85th Street. Both faced one count each of obstructing a peace officer.

Acting on word that alcohol was allegedly being sold illegally, police obtained a search warrant for the club house.

Seized were more than 660 bottles of beer, 50 bottles of hard liquor, about $165 and two shotguns which were located behind the bar and not legally stored.

The arrests were made when Morin and Ostaszewski allegedly interfered with a police officer's attempt to locate money believed to have been obtained from the illegal sale of liquor.

Morin received a medal of bravery from the Governor General in 1991 for his role in the rescue of three people from a burning truck in October 1989 in Edmonton.

Morin and a friend, Eugene McLean, noticed that the back of a truck was on fire as they were driving through the Oliver district.

Morin grabbed Ron Pazder and pulled him to safety. Pazder said his son was also in the truck, so Morin and his friend returned to rescue the son, who said his friend was also in the truck. Morin went back a third time and was able to pull the friend from the flaming vehicle.