Bail denied for young man charged in swarming death

CALGARY- It was a small victory for the grieving family of a young murder victim on Monday, after one of their son’s accused killers was denied bail.

Last November, 18-year-old Lukas Strasser-Hird was killed after a fight broke out between two groups near a downtown nightclub. He was stabbed to death, and five young men have since been charged in the case.

Two of them are out on bail, making Monday’s ruling that Franz Cabrera must stay behind bars a victory.

“We just want justice for Lukas. It’s pretty overwhelming what’s happened and Lukas didn’t deserve this at all,” says his father, Dale Hird. “We’re just as a family really happy [Cabrera] didn’t get let out on bail.”

He adds it’s concerning that some of the men charged in the case are currently free.

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“We just don’t believe anybody should have bail on a murder charge. It’s quite confusing actually.”

The Crown says each case is dealt with separately.

“Each individual has individual circumstances,” explains Crown prosecutor Ken McCaffery. “Their background is the evidence against them. I can’t go in detail about that, but the Crown is taking a principled approach with each accused.”

Jordan Lee Liao and Nathan Gervais—two of the accused in the case—have still not had their bail hearings.

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