Family of murdered Calgary teen marches demanding justice
Family and friends of a young murder victim marched through downtown Calgary on Saturday.
It was 14-years-ago on Aug. 17, 2003, that Aaron Shoulders was stabbed outside a nightclub on 1 Street southwest.
The 18-year-old died two weeks after the attack and no one was ever arrested for killing him despite there being over 100 witnesses to the crime.
The victim’s family and those of other murder victims gathered for the 12th annual ‘Justice Walk’.
“It seems to get harder…because there has been no progress and the case it is still unsolved,” Steffi Stehwien, Aaron’s mother, said. “My granddaughter was born the day after it happened and she is now 14. There’s no justice and nobody has come forward. How can you be silent over that for 14 years?”
Stehwien said she’s disappointed police did not escort the group during their march to the Calgary Court House this year.
“They dropped us. They are not escorting us,” Stehwien said.
She said her group was told they could hire officers.
“We had a police escort every year except for this year. I guess it’s not an important enough cause for the city and for the police anymore. So it’s upsetting,” Stehwien said.
Grieving families attending the march said they want convicted killers to get life without parole.