Family of stabbing victim ‘shattered and broken’
The parents of an Edmonton teenager killed just over a year ago have left their son’s bedroom untouched as they struggle to cope with his loss, court heard on Tuesday.
Christopher Fawcett, 19, died after being stabbed by his friend Connor Miller on the evening of Oct. 22, 2016.
Court heard that Miller, 21, was high on LSD when he stabbed Fawcett. The young men were with a third friend near the Alfred H. Savage Centre at 13204 Fox Dr. when the stabbing happened, police said at the time.
After initially being charged with second-degree murder, Miller pleaded guilty to manslaughter. During sentencing submissions on Tuesday, Crown prosecutor Marty Gillingwater asked for an eight to 10-year prison term, while defence lawyer Rod Gregory argued for between four and six years.
In a courtroom packed with families and friends of both the victim and killer, Fawcett’s mother Wendy Fawcett read a victim impact statement about being unable to recover from the pain of the loss.
Her son was a protector and best friend to his twin brother, who has autism, she said. The brother still goes to Fawcett’s room looking for comfort. She also has a younger son, who is still unable to speak about Fawcett.
“As a family we feel shattered and broken,” she said.
Court heard that Fawcett was a happy young man, with an “unforgettable smile” and a great sense of humour.
When the judge gave Miller an opportunity to speak, he turned to address his victim’s family.
“What else can I say other than I’m so sorry I took Chris away from you,” he said.
His lawyer Rod Gregory said that when police arrived at the scene, it took 12 officers to subdue Miller. He said that at the time, his client believed he was being attacked by monsters and zombies, and that he spent nine days in Alberta Hospital after being arrested.
Though a decision on sentencing has been reserved until Dec. 1, Miller was taken into custody after informing the court he didn’t wish to seek a continuation of his bail.