Loved ones and friends re­mem­ber lat­est vic­tims

Saskatoon StarPhoenix - - FRONT PAGE - DAVE DEIB­ERT With files from Bre McAdam, ddeib­ert@thes­tarphoenix.com Twit­ter.com/dav­edeib­ert

Two vic­tims, com­pletely un­re­lated, found within hours of each other less than two kilo­me­tres apart — Saska­toon po­lice con­tinue to in­ves­ti­gate the city’s fifth and sixth homi­cides of 2018.

The body of Crys­tal Louise McFadyen, 37, was found in the early morn­ing hours of July 6 fol­low­ing a house fire in the 200 block of Av­enue F North. A lit­tle more than 12 hours later, Ken Peter Balan, 27, was found in­jured in an al­ley in the 1400 block of 20th Street West and later died at St. Paul’s Hospi­tal from his in­juries.

As Saska­toon po­lice in­ves­ti­gate the deaths — there was no update in the cases on Fri­day, ac­cord­ing to spokes­woman Alyson Ed­wards — McFadyen is be­ing re­mem­bered for her “in­fec­tious smile and out­go­ing de­meanour.”

Balan was “more (than) just a friend ... you were fam­ily,” said a loved one.

In her obit­u­ary, pub­lished on Fri­day, McFadyen was de­scribed by her fam­ily as “our daugh­ter, sis­ter, aunty, grand­daugh­ter, niece, cousin and friend” who “passed away trag­i­cally.” McFadyen was “a trea­sure to us all,” the fam­ily said in the obit.

Shel­ley Gustafson, who per­formed with McFadyen in the North Saskatchewan Reg­i­ment Pipes & Drums, said the en­ergy McFadyen put into the group “was the same en­ergy that she put into ev­ery­thing she did.

“When Crys­tal de­cided to do some­thing she put ev­ery­thing she had into it. While she has been on a break from the band, there has been a hole in our drum­ming sec­tion, which can now never be filled,” Gustafson said. “Her in­fec­tious smile and out­go­ing de­meanour will be sorely missed.”

In­ves­ti­ga­tors have iden­ti­fied a per­son of in­ter­est in the McFadyen homi­cide, but no charges have been laid. Po­lice con­firmed the per­son of in­ter­est is also the man charged with ar­son in con­nec­tion with the house fire, and that McFadyen and the man are known to each other.

Jonathan Alexan­der Rosen­thal was ar­rested on Mon­day and charged with ar­son in con­nec­tion with the Av­enue F house fire.

McFadyen was 33 weeks preg­nant and due to de­liver a baby girl shortly, but un­der the Crim­i­nal Code of Canada an un­born in­fant is not con­sid­ered a hu­man be­ing. A child be­comes a hu­man be­ing, ac­cord­ing to the Crim­i­nal Code, “when it has com­pletely pro­ceeded, in a liv­ing state, from the body of its mother, whether or not (a) it has breathed; (b) it has an in­de­pen­dent cir­cu­la­tion; or (c) the navel string is sev­ered.”

Balan was memo­ri­al­ized at a funeral ser­vice on Thurs­day, where he was re­mem­bered for his love of soc­cer, horse rac­ing, swim­ming and cook­ing.

In the funeral pro­gram, Balan was de­scribed as a “beloved son, brother, cousin, nephew, un­cle and friend.” Balan’s friends were called “the back­bone to his life.”

“My heart is still heavy with sad­ness,” wrote Bre­anne Jamie Marie Crowe in a Face­book post.

“(It’s) hard to be­lieve you are gone. I will miss you and so will many oth­ers.

“(You) were more then just a friend to me you were fam­ily and some­thing that no one can ever take from us is the love we had for one an­other. I will cher­ish all our mem­o­ries we shared. Rest Easy brother you will al­ways be re­mem­bered.”

Ac­cord­ing to Ed­wards, po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tors have not yet iden­ti­fied a per­son of in­ter­est in Balan’s death.

“Yeah I’m still shocked,” wrote Pa­tri­cia Hal­pape in an­other Face­book post. “I don’t know why any­one (would) want to hurt him. He was a great guy.”


The body of Crys­tal McFadyen, 37, was found by fire­fight­ers af­ter the Saska­toon Po­lice Ser­vice and Saska­toon Fire and Pro­tec­tive Ser­vices re­sponded to a house fire on July 6. Ken Peter Balan, 27, was killed on the same night in an un­re­lated in­ci­dent in a dif­fer­ent part of town.

Ken Peter Balan

Crys­tal Louise McFadyen

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