Solomon Odekunle, the 21-year-old student who was stabbed to death by a Burundian in Canada.
– The death of a 21-year-old Nigerian studying in Canada has thrown the family into an unprecedented state of mourning
– The aspiring Economist was reportedly stabbed by a Burundian during a fight with another person over a woman
– Late Solomon’s dad is a pastor with the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Lagos, Nigeria and has since traveled to see things for himself
– Police say the suspect has since been arrested and charged with second-degree murder
Solomon Odekunle, a 21-year-old son of a Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) pastor has been reportedly hacked to death in Ottawa, Canada.
Reports say he was seen stumbling out of Piper’s Bar and Grill, a popular hangout in the capital city with torrential blood flow from his neck.
The young man was later pronounced dead in the hospital after collapsing a few steps away according to eyewitness account given to the police.
The young Nigerian was said to have been stabbed by one Joe Ndikuriyo, a 27-year-old Burundian during a fight over a woman, in what was described as the 17th victim of homicide in Ottawa since the beginning of 2016.
Solomon, The Punch investigations showed, was studying Economics at the University of Ottawa having gained admission in 2012 and when the parents were visited at their Rotimi Williams Estate, Fagba the father had reportedly traveled while the mother who could also not bear the pain, had moved out of the house temporarily.
Deborah, the deceased’s sibling also studying in Canada, was totally broken by her brother’s death as she shared some emotional posts on the social media.
“If I did know it would be your last, I would have given you more than a fist bump. I would have gotten down on my knees and give you the deepest bro-hug.
“If I did know it would be your last, I would have pleaded with the drama leader to allow the rehearsal to linger a little so you and Peter could make us giggle a little more with some frog jump.
“If I did know it would be your last, I would have treasured those great words you shared with me a couple of months ago in the technical department, have them handwritten with the best calligraphic pens, framed and given to you right after doing those frog jumps.
“To the Solomon I saw last week, to the Solomon that finally got his picture taken properly last week, to the Solomon with an intellectual smile and chubby cheeks, to the Solomon his friends described as kind-hearted and meek, see you next,” she wrote.
While also encouraging those attending the wake keep organised in memory of the slain student, Deborah said: “We would be having a memorial service for Solomon in Ottawa Friday evening and it is open to anyone that would like to come. Please, if you make it down, don’t cry because my dad would be there. I also believe that as Christians, we do not mourn, we celebrate life.”
Staff Sgt Bruce Pirt in a report by CBC News, said: “We do have some bloodletting that covered quite an extensive area, we have to make sure it’s all connected to the same incident. As we investigate further, we’ll be able to tighten up that scene and make it smaller and smaller.”
Meanwhile, the suspect who was recently served a two-week jail term for possession of weapons, has since been arrested and charged with second-degree murder.
In another development, the story of the gruesome stabbing which led to the eventual death of Damilola Taylor in the U.K is set to be told via a movie to be premiered by the British Broadcasting Corporation BBC.
The film titled Damilola, Our Loved Boy will be shown next week Monday, November 7 at 8:30pm on BBC One.
Recall that Damilola Taylor was killed on November 27, 2000 less than two weeks to his 11th birthday. He was stabbed by two brothers Danny and Ricky Preddie (who later admitted that they wanted his coat) on his way home from a computer class. He later bled to death in a stairwell.