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There had been 18 homicides at this time last year.
The first homicide victim of 2020 was Aaron Watt who was killed on Jan. 26.
Watt’s body was found near 126 Avenue and 73 Street after emergency crews responded to calls of a fire in the area.
A short time later, officers were called to the scene of a vehicle fire north of the Evergreen mobile home park, near 173 Avenue and Meridian Street, where a burned silver 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander was found. Homicide investigators believe both scenes are connected.
Following his death, EPS stated they believed Watt’s body was burned but did no disclose an official cause of death.
Police asked gas station employees who were working nearby for information as they believed the suspects had recently bought gasoline and a jerry can.
Violent week in July
More recently, a violent week saw Teresa Dejesus Esquivel-Robles, 39, stabbed to death on July 11 and Wael Osman, 19, fatally shot on July 17. Matthew Jordan Gladue was treated by EMS in a central Edmonton alley on July 13 and transported to hospital where he died from his injuries.
The sole suspect in Esquivel-Robles’ slaying was found dead in B.C. Police believe he died from self-inflicted wounds.
His cause of death has been withheld.
The latest confirmed homicide is the slaying of Abdikhadar Aden, who was treated by EMS at a west end motel on July 22. He was transported to hospital where he died from his injuries.
Police have confirmed his death as a homicide but have not released how he died.They said withholding his cause of death serves an investigative purpose.
If anyone has information about any unsolved homicides they are asked to contact EPS. Anonymous tips can be submitted to Crime Stoppers.