June 19, 2017 2:05 pm
Updated: June 19, 2017 3:21 pm

Edmonton police seeking tips in stabbing death of 33-year-old man

Edmonton Police Service investigating in an alley north of 118 Avenue, between 49 and 50 Street. June 16, 2017.

Dave Carels, Global News

Editor’s note: Police originally said Coates was 25 years old but later clarified he was 33.

Edmonton police are asking for the public’s help as they investigate the city’s latest homicide, which happened last week in the Beverly area.

Police have identified the victim as Brent Jonas Coates, 33.

Brent Coates, 33.

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On Friday morning around 3:30, a man flagged down a passing police vehicle to report that another man had been stabbed nearby.

Police found Coates in an alley north of 118 Avenue, between 49 Street and 50 Street and called for EMS; however, he died on scene.

“We would like to speak with anyone who had contact with Brent in the days leading up to his death,” Edmonton police homicide section Staff. Sgt. Duane Hunter said.

“We continue to encourage anyone who has information about this homicide to contact police.”

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Coates’ death is Edmonton’s 23rd homicide of 2017. No arrests have been announced.

His death came one day after another man in his 20s was stabbed in north Edmonton. Clinton John Bluecloud, 29, died in hospital after being stabbed during a fight outside an apartment in the Londonderry area. Michael Barber, 48, was charged with second-degree murder and possession of an offensive weapon.

Anyone with information about what led up to Coates’ death, or about the suspects, is asked to contact police at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online.

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