Family of victim in May Long weekend double murder pleads for information
Published Wednesday, November 29, 2017 9:02AM MST
Last Updated Wednesday, November 29, 2017 6:17PM MST
The father of Anees Amr, one of the young men killed in a shooting in a parking lot on the May Long weekend this year says that the only way to achieve justice for his son's death is to arrest everyone involved.
Police were called to a parking lot near 130 Avenue and 48 Street S.E. at about 7:55 p.m. on May 21 for reports of a shooting.
When they arrived, they discovered the bodies of two men.
Testimonies from a number of witnesses interviewed by police say that the victims, Anees Ismail Amr and Colin Brendan Reitberger, arrived at the scene together.
A third man arrived at the parking lot in another vehicle and allegedly shot both victims.
Christian Joffre Ouellette, 20, was arrested in June and has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder.
Police are now trying to identify a second vehicle that took the suspect to a gas station, located at 70 Freeport Boulevard N.E., after the murders took place. There is no description available of that driver.
The car is described as:
- 2004 to 2006 Dodge Durango SLT
- red in colour
- with a sunroof
The suspect is then believed to have taken a taxi to Nose Hill Park, where his car was parked. He was seen speaking to a man driving a yellow Ford Escape.
Investigators are also looking to speak with this man, described as being Caucasian with a goatee.
Ismail Amr, Anees Amr's father, spoke to the media on Wednesday and said that his son was an innocent victim in this situation and had never done anything wrong. He says their family will never be the same without him.
Amr said that justice must be done in the case and begs for anyone with information to come forward.
"I need justice for my son and for our family. If anyone knows anything or holds any further information, with respect to those who contributed to my son's murder. Those who broke our family's heart and forever shattered our lives, I am begging you, I am begging you from the bottom of my heart, please help us bring forth justice on my son's case."
Acting Inspector Paul Wozney says that the police theory in the case has changed as more information has come in.
"We try to provide as much information to the community as we possibly can; we try to get it right, every single time but we also know there is a risk to that. As much as we try to be as open and transparent as we can in these cases, that sometimes these theories change and we have to step back and say, 'you know we weren't as accurate as we wanted to be at that point in the investigation'."
Wozney says they spoke with a number of witnesses who were at the scene and fled soon afterwards but investigators need more help to extend their investigation beyond the charges already laid. While the case is strong against the accused, he said, there are more people involved.
"Arresting Mr. Ouellette for this offence; that's just the tip of the iceberg in this. Police officers don't stop. They are continuing to move forward on this investigation and releasing photos is part of that."
He says the public is often a great help when it comes to gathering information on unknown suspects or vehicles.
"We've had a lot of success in going to the community and saying 'we need help, we need people to come forward' whether it is anonymously or as a witness to give us information. In doing that, we know that there is other people involved in this offence. They are people with either information or are party to what happened in that parking lot."
Anyone with information about the two drivers or vehicles mentioned about is asked to contact police by calling 403-266-1234 or the Homicide Unit Tip Line at 403-428-8877. Tips can also be left anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers through either of the following methods: