Po­lice seek tips in 2016 as­sault

Say vic­tim will have to live with in­juries from at­tack ‘for the rest of his life’

Edmonton Sun - - NEWS - Jonny Wakefield — Post­media news Ser­vices

Po­lice have iden­ti­fied a 76-year-old man shot dead Wed­nes­day in north-cen­tral Edmonton.

Nexhmi (Nick) Nuhi was found dead on the floor of a multi-unit res­i­dence with a gun­shot wound by po­lice re­spond­ing to a weapons com­plaint just be­fore 6 p.m.

Of­fi­cers found a bul­let hole through the door of the house at 11119 94 St.

Neigh­bours said the Al­berta Av­enue house was a prob­lem prop­erty and ap­peared to be op­er­at­ing as a room­ing house.

Neigh­bour Rose­lyn Bacsa said she had con­cerns about the prop­erty. Peo­ple liv­ing at the house came and went at all hours of the night and were of­ten noisy, she said.

Ac­cord­ing to a prop­erty ti­tle search, the house is owned by Canada Pure Land Learn­ing As­so­ci­a­tion, which has an of­fice next door on 111 Av­enue, and a num­bered cor­po­ra­tion. The house was built in 1918.

The prop­erty was cor­doned off with po­lice tape Thurs­day af­ter­noon while of­fi­cers in two po­lice cruis­ers guarded the scene. Sev­eral dis­carded bikes were left in the yard, where a pair of shoes hung from a tree.

An au­topsy was sched­uled for Fri­day.

In 1991, a man named Nexhmi Nuhi, then 50, was charged with con­spir­acy to traf­fic in nar­cotics in what was the largest co­caine con­spir­acy case in Al­berta’s his­tory at the time.

Thirty peo­ple across Canada, in­clud­ing Nuhi, were ar­rested af­ter a 20-month op­er­a­tion in­volv­ing U.S. and Cana­dian po­lice agen­cies — drug traf­fick­ers were caught buy­ing and trans­port­ing co­caine from U.S. cities to ma­jor cities across Canada.

If con­firmed as a homi­cide, it would be Edmonton’s 38th of the year, although po­lice are not count­ing two of­fi­cer­in­volved shoot­ings and a fa­tal hit-and-run where charges were dropped.

The city’s most re­cent homi­cides

Edmonton city po­lice are turn­ing to the pub­lic for more tips af­ter a 24-yearold man was beaten un­con­scious in Calling­wood Park last year.

A by­s­tander walk­ing a dog near 69 Av­enue and 172 Street called au­thor­i­ties af­ter dis­cov­er­ing the un­con­scious vic­tim in a wooded area of the park around 7 a.m., Satur­day, May 14, 2016.

Po­lice and emer­gency re­spon­ders ar­rived be­fore in­clude the of­fi­cer­in­volved shoot­ing of a 29-year-old man in a West­mount EMS took the man to hos­pi­tal.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors later learned the vic­tim met an un­known male at the West Edmonton Mall Tran­sit Cen­tre just af­ter mid­night that day. The un­known male then in­tro­duced the 24-year-old com­plainant to a group of four to five males and two fe­males, be­tween the ages of 18 and 20.

Po­lice be­lieve the group then walked to the Calling­wood Cen­tre park­ing lot, the stran­gu­la­tion death of a 29-year-old woman, and the Skatepark, 17710 69 Ave., where vi­o­lence soon broke out, with the 24-yearold vic­tim try­ing to break up an al­ter­ca­tion in­volv­ing the first male he met at the tran­sit cen­tre. The vic­tim suf­fered se­ri­ous in­juries and was left in the park un­til he was found in the morn­ing.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors have yet to speak with the un­known male who they be­lieve was also as­saulted dur­ing the al­ter­ca­tion and en­cour­age shoot­ing death of a 23-yearold man in a taxi cab out­side a night­club near Yel­low­head him to con­tact po­lice.

“We re­main hope­ful that wit­nesses, as well as the other as­saulted male, will come for­ward to as­sist with this in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” said Det. Billy Coun­try­man in a Thurs­day news re­lease. “The 24-year-old com­plainant will sadly have to live with the in­juries sus­tained from this as­sault for the rest of his life.”

The vic­tim had been wear­ing a light green, full but­tonup Trail. shirt with beige khakis and red sneak­ers at the time of the as­sault. He was also wear­ing a black baseball cap, sun­glasses and a blue back­pack.

The un­known male who po­lice be­lieve was also as­saulted is de­scribed as Abo­rig­i­nal and about 19 years old with a thin build. He had been rid­ing a black moun­tain bike and wear­ing a toque.

GreG Southam

EPS mem­bers in­ves­ti­gate the scene of a homi­cide at the cor­ner of 94 Street and 112 Av­enue on Wed­nes­day.

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