‘I’m in danger, and they’re gonna kill me’: Family says victim troubled days before homicide
A New Brunswick family wants more answers regarding the September homicide of Sardar Ajmeer Nawabi in Halifax.
The 20-year-old told his family that he was in trouble days before his death, according to his brother.
“My mom says, ‘So I want to try to call the police about it.’ And he said, ‘No, don’t talk with police because I’m in danger, and they’re gonna kill me,'” said Jonathan Nawabi, interpreting for his mother Fawzia.
He added that Sardar wasn’t saying that the police were going to kill him — he was referring to other people he knew.
The Saint John family visited Halifax to meet with police on Monday, Jonathan said.
Sardar was found by police in a Montgomery Court apartment building on Sept. 17 needing medical help. He died later that day.
A woman, 24, and a man, 27, were taken into custody for questioning and then released. A 52-year-old Ontario woman was also questioned. All of them were known to Sardar, according to police.
Later that month, the death was ruled a homicide.
Jonathan said Sardar lived with his fianceé and another man.
The family is frustrated with how little information about the case has been released to them, and that no charges have yet been laid.
“He talked with me every day,” Jonathan said about his brother. “He was so sad, and he just cried about his life.”
Sardar had planned to move to Saint John to live with his parents, he added.
“Every investigation has its own circumstances and complexity, involving its own response. That is why it’s hard to predict a precise timeline,” Neera Ritcey, a Halifax Regional Police spokesperson, said in an emailed statement.
“Our investigation is continuing — and we will provide an update as soon as we have more information to share. Our thoughts are with the family during this very difficult time, as they deal with their loss.”
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