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Conestoga College mourns death of student killed in Kitchener

Waterloo Regional Police say they are releasing a photo of Joshua Bennett, in consultation with the family, to assist in the investigation. Waterloo Regional Police

Conestoga College says an 18-year-old who was killed in Kitchener last week was a student in its carpentry program.

Waterloo Regional Police said a homicide investigation is underway after 18-year-old Joshua Bennett was found dead on a trail near Paulander Drive at around 4 a.m. on Friday.

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Bennett was a student of Conestoga’s carpentry and renovation technician program at the Waterloo campus. The Etobicoke native began his studies in fall 2020.

“It is with great sadness that I share the news that a member of our Conestoga community was the victim of a homicide that occurred in Kitchener this past week,” said college president John Tibbits.

“Our thoughts are with Joshua’s family and friends, his classmates and teachers, and all who knew him.”

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Counselling service is available to other students and employees by calling 519-748-5220 ext. 3679.

Police have released few details about Bennett’s death but said a post-mortem examination is scheduled to take place on Monday to determine the cause of death.

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“This senseless death has no place in our community,” said police Chief Bryan Larkin.

“I want to reassure the community that we have a dedicated team of highly skilled investigators who are working hard to find those responsible.”

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Anyone who may have been in the area of Paulander Drive and may have seen Bennett are asked to call 519-570-9777 ext. 8191.

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Anonymous information can be left with Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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