A 42 year old visitor from Colombia is dead, seemingly jumped from behind, in the wee hours of Sunday morning when he and a family member were walking home from a bar, near 97 street and 119th avenue. Police describe the 40th homicide of the year as a random killing.
“Sadly they were not far from their home. They tried to do the right thing,” said EPS spokesman Scott Pattison. “They were going out for the evening to enjoy a drink or two, and some socialization. Left their vehicle at home and were responsible, walked to the bar and were walking home afterwards and they weren’t far from their residence when things turned terribly wrong.”
“Two individuals from Colombia were speaking in Spanish and walking through the area. I don’t believe they engaged, as per the witness statements, we don’t believe they engaged in any negative discussion with the assailants. We believe perhaps that maybe by all accounts the assailants were simply looking to pick a fight.”
“The family member that was with him was the primary witness,” Pattison told reporters. “I believe that’s probably where the call to police came from.”
“This attack was unprompted and unmotivated. It’s obviously a very heinous attack and situation and extremely traumatizing for the family.”
“The witness is describing them as four males, two females, Indigenous.”
Pattison said 42 year old Leonardo Duran Ibanez died of injuries consistent with severe head trauma, after an autopsy was conducted Tuesday morning. Ibanez had been in Edmonton visiting family for two months. (sj)