Autopsy confirms Edmonton's fifth homicide
Published Tuesday, March 11, 2014 11:08AM MDT Last Updated Tuesday, March 11, 2014 12:50PM MDT
The death of Demetrios Karahalios, whose body was found in an Oliver home Saturday, has been deemed a homicide.
Police say the results of an autopsy, completed Monday afternoon, confirm foul play.
Karahalios, better known as "CoCo," was a cook at Buddys Nite Club and Woody's Pub located on Jasper Ave.
Friends tell CTV News his body was found Saturday after he missed work Friday.
Karahalios was part of Edmonton’s gay community and those who knew him describe him as “larger than life” with a big heart.
“He was always there to sit and listen to what you were going through,” said Rob Browatzke, a friend of Karahalios on Saturday.
“He’s been around the community for a long time. Well known, well liked. It’s a tragedy,” said Mickey Wilson, Executive Director with the Pride Centre of Edmonton.
Wilson also said Saturday that the death has many in the tight knit community on edge.
“It also raises concern, fear, you see social stress.”
Edmonton's LGBT community will pay tribute to Karahalios with a series of events.
Friends have organized a candle light vigil to be held outside his house in Oliver (102 Ave. and 120 St.) between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tuesday.
The Imperial Sovereign Court of the Wild Rose Social Association, a registered non-profit society, will pay tribute to CoCo with a tribute drag show on March 15 at Buddys.
This marks Edmonton's fifth homicide of 2014.
The exact cause of death has not been released due to the ongoing investigation.
With files from Sarah Richter and Chandra Lye