Police seek tips in 2016 assault
Say victim will have to live with injuries from attack ‘for the rest of his life’
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.
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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.
EPS members investigate the scene of a homicide at the corner of 94 Street and 112 Avenue on Wednesday.