Shoot­ing vic­tim’s mom flees court in tears as team­mate re­calls en­counter that led to Stam­peder’s fa­tal shoot­ing

Calgary Sun - - NEWS - KEVIN MARTIN [email protected]­ @KMart­inCourts

Griev­ing mom Renee Hill ran cry­ing from a Cal­gary court­room Fri­day as the last of her son My­lan Hicks’s for­mer Cal­gary Stam­ped­ers team­mates de­scribed his fa­tal shoot­ing.

Ja­mal Nixon, a wide re­ceiver with the team dur­ing the 2016 sea­son, de­scribed the events which ended with Hicks dead out­side a Cal­gary night­club.

Nixon iden­ti­fied ac­cused Nel­son Lugela as the gun­man who pulled out a weapon out­side the Mar­quee Beer Mar­ket in the early morn­ing hours of Sept. 25, 2016.

Lugela, 21, is charged with sec­ond-de­gree mur­der in con­nec­tion with Hicks’s shoot­ing death.

Nixon said he and a group of fel­low Stam­ped­ers were stand­ing out­side the club shortly af­ter closing time, chat­ting with other bar pa­trons.

“A crowd of guys started walk­ing to­wards us,” Nixon told Crown prose­cu­tor Gord Haight.

“I paid no mind to them,” he said.

At that point, team­mate Bakari Grant told one of the men, “We’re not here for that.”

“I kind of pulled him back … as I pulled Bakari back there’s a lot of shov­ing,” Nixon said.

“At that point … I heard a bot­tle break.

“We could see the guy in the white shirt (whom he iden­ti­fied as Lugela). He ran in front of the crowd and he ended up pulling a gun out.”

Nixon said the man pulled the weapon from the front of his waist­band.

“He was like stand­ing di­rectly in front of us.”

He said he couldn’t re­call which hand the gun was in.

“As he pulled the gun out, we parted ways,” said Nixon, ex­plain­ing he fled the im­me­di­ate area.

“Did you hear any­thing?” Haight asked. “Yeah, gun­shots.” “Are you able to say how many you heard?”

“Roughly around three, or four,” Nixon said.

Af­ter flee­ing, Nixon re­turned to the area a short time later and saw the gun­man jump into a Porsche SUV be­fore that ve­hi­cle fled.

Haight asked Nixon if he’d be able to iden­tify the gun­man.

“That guy right over there,” he said, point­ing to Lugela in the pris­oner’s box as Hill let out a loud sob.

Af­ter the SUV left, Nixon went over to where Hicks was on the ground as team­mate Derek Den­nis yelled out, “My­lan’s been hit, My­lan’s been hit.”

He then de­scribed see­ing Hicks ly­ing be­hind a car as Hill raced from the court­room cry­ing. “I ended up turn­ing My­lan over and I sat there with him un­til the paramedics showed up.”

Mean­while, video ex­pert Kathy McCaw be­gan her tes­ti­mony go­ing over frame by frame of dash­board cam­era videos taken from two taxis out­side the club.

Her tes­ti­mony con­tin­ues on Mon­day.


This still im­age, taken from a dash­board cam­era video from a taxi shortly af­ter shots rang out out­side the Mar­quee Beer Mar­ket on Septem­ber 25, 2016. The im­age shows a man, iden­ti­fied as Nel­son Lugela, hold­ing an item in his right hand. The photo is part of an ex­hibit made in Lugela’s sec­ond-de­gree mur­der trial in the shoot­ing death of Cal­gary Stam­peder My­lan Hicks.

Mur­der vic­tim MY­LAN HICKS


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