May 5, 2014 5:40 pm

1 victim of southeast Calgary stabbing spree identified, charges pending

CALGARY- Charges are pending against a man, after a deadly stabbing spree in southeast Calgary left two women dead and another injured.

Police were called to the home in the 6400 block of Penbrooke Drive around 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, and found one woman dead.

Two other women were rushed to hospital, but one of them died a short time later. The third female victim was treated for non life-threatening injuries, and has since been released.

Story continues below

One of the victims has been identified as 29-year-old Fahmida Velji-Visram of Calgary, and an autopsy found she died as a result of a stabbing.

Police believe the other victim was the ex-wife of the suspect, and Velji-Visram was her friend.

“The victim had made arrangements to attend the residence to pick up property. She went to the residence with a friend, her friend’s mother and a young girl,” explains S/Sgt. Doug Andrus from the Calgary Police Service. “While in the basement suite, a confrontation occurred and both victims were stabbed.”

Ebenezer Choebefu lives just two doors down, and remembers his friends’ young daughter running into his home, screaming.

“We know each other very well,” he says. “She ran and fell in my wife’s arms and was saying to my wife, ‘my daddy has killed my mummy and my auntie.’

“She screamed again, ‘my daddy has killed my mummy and my auntie.'”

Police found the suspect around 8 p.m. on Sunday, sitting in a  rental car in the 4900 block of 102 Ave. S.E.  He was arrested, and taken to hospital to be treated for self-inflicted injuries.

Officers say they had been called to the home just last month.

“They were called to that residence April 9th, in response to a verbal argument,” Andrus says. “At that time, there was no indication of a criminal offence, and one of the parties indicated they were leaving the residence.”

Charges are now pending, including two counts of second-degree murder and one count of aggravated assault.

Report an error