Friends remember stabbing victim
Published Tuesday, September 4, 2012 6:52AM MDT
Last Updated Tuesday, September 4, 2012 6:11PM MDT
The martial arts community in Alberta is remembering the man who was stabbed to death on the weekend and say he was a gentleman in and out of the ring.
Police were called to the Neville building in the 1000 block of 16 Ave N.W. at about 3:00 a.m. Saturday, September 1.
Two men were found inside suffering from stab wounds and were taken to hospital but one man died on arrival.
Police believe that there was an altercation between two groups pror to the stabbing.
Friends identify the victim as Wyatt Lewis and say he was well known in the mixed martial arts community.
UFC fighter, Nick Ring knew Lewis and fought against him in 2003.
"He was a fierce competitor and outside of the ring, Wyatt was the kind of guy who had a very strong sense of moral values and very much a strong, silent type,very strong in his beliefs and convictions," said Ring.
Ring says Lewis' death is a blow to the whole MMA community in Alberta and that he is not surprised to hear Lewis was trying to help someone else.
"I'm not surprised to hear that he would step in to help somebody and unfortunately he payed for that with his life," said Ring. "He was one of the pioneers of mixed martial arts in Calgary."
Ring also says that Lewis was the kind of man who would go out of his way for others.
"I had a fight in Japan. I had very few training partners actually at that time and no training partners that were of my own size. Wyatt, he volunteered to step in and help me prepare for this match and this is the kind of guy he was. He was not even a part of our gym and was training with a rival gym and he took it upon himself to help me train for this march in Japan and he didn't need to, but for the next few weeks he came in as a training partner for me and he just recognized that I needed help and he was there for me even though he was not one of my teammates," said Ring.
An autopsy will be conducted on Thursday to confirm the cause of death and the Homicide Unit is investigating.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 403-266-1234 or Crime Stoppers anonymously using any of the following methods:
TEXT: tttTIPS to 274637