Memorial on 118 Avenue for man slain Monday night

Edmonton police cruiser. Larry Wong / Postmedia, file

Homicide detectives are investigating a suspicious death Monday in north-central Edmonton.

Officers responded to a report of a disturbance near 101 Street and 118 Avenue at 10:20 p.m. Monday, an Edmonton Police Service news release said Tuesday. That intersection marks where the Spruce Avenue and Westwood neighbourhoods meet.

Later that night, officials at a hospital told police that a 26-year-old man died shortly after arriving with life-threatening injuries.

The Royal Alexandra Hospital is about seven blocks south of the original call.

An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday.

A small memorial of flowers, candles, a cross and a photo of a young man in a graduation cap and gown was outside Alex’s Convenience Store on 118 Avenue. Messages of remembrance were written on the sidewalk in front of the photo.

Charn Gill, manager of Cheers and Beers Liqour Store at 10106 118 Ave., said there was a fight in the parking lot outside the store resulting in one person being stabbed.

This is the second suspicious death reported by police in the last week. Last Wednesday, EPS northwest division officers responded to a call at a residence near 185 Street and 121 Avenue, north of Yellowhead Trail. The homicide section is investigating the suspicious death of a 48-year-old man nearby. An autopsy last Friday found inconclusive results, police said.

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