March 12, 2018 1:58 pm

2nd-degree murder charge laid in 2017 shooting death

Police investigate a suspicious death in north Edmonton on Sept. 18, 2017. Officers responded to a home in the area of 111 Avenue and 94 Street at around 2 p.m. after someone called 911 for "police assistance," police said.

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A 29-year-old man has been charged with second-degree murder in relation to a homicide in central Edmonton last September.

On Sept. 18, 2017, officers were called to a home near Commonwealth Stadium, at 111 Avenue and 94 Street.

Blayne Joseph Burnstick, 25, was found dead inside the home. An autopsy revealed he died of a gunshot wound. Burnstick’s death was Edmonton’s 36th homicide of 2017.

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Last Monday, Edward Piche was arrested by Saskatoon police and transported back to Edmonton where he remains in custody. The 29-year-old has since been charged with second-degree murder in Burnstick’s death, police said on Monday.

Piche was also charged with a number of firearms-related offences.

Just days before Burnstick was found dead — on Sept. 13, 2017 — 76-year-old Nexhmi “Nick” Nuhi was found dead inside the same building. Police later confirmed Nuhi died of a gunshot wound.

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In a media release sent Monday, police said homicide detectives continue to investigate Nuhi’s death.

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