Mother of Edmonton homicide victim calls for witnesses to come forward
Published Monday, December 10, 2012 10:06AM MST
Last Updated Monday, December 10, 2012 6:49PM MST
The mother of an Edmonton man who was killed in the parking lot of a southeast Edmonton night club last month is pleading for witnesses to come forward.
Cameron Thomas, 26, died of gunshot wounds in a parking lot outside The BoneYard Ale House in the area of 34 Avenue and 92 Street on November 11.
Police say there are no new leads in the homicide investigation to date, and now Thomas’ mother Paulette Brown, is asking anyone who may have witnessed the shooting death, or has any information, to come forward with those details.
“It just breaks my heart. They have taken someone very dear to me. He was my baby, my only child,” Brown said.
“I just want to appeal to the public, anyone out there who was there that evening who saw my son die.”
Brown said the last time she spoke to her son was just days before his murder.
“The last time I talked to Cameron, he was very happy and wanted to do a little bit of Christmas shopping and just wanted to know what everyone wanted for Christmas,” Brown said.
"He was so young and just full of life... he didn’t deserve to die this way."
Police are hopeful Monday’s plea will encourage witnesses to come forward.
“We do not think the shooting was random. Somebody out there knows what happened and why. We need that person to step forward and contact the police with their information,” said Staff Sgt. David Christoffel.
"Do not assume that you have nothing to contribute and that police already know what you have observed. We can't have too much information."
Cameron's death was Edmonton's 25th homicide of 2012.
His family describes him as a down-to-earth young man who was full of life, and was interested in becoming a chef. He had been a track runner and was running back for the Wildcats Junior Football Club.
"I feel really horrible. I didn't have a chance to say goodbye," Brown said.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Edmonton Police Service’ non-emergency line at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
With files from Ashley Molnar