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Alberta RCMP investigate 2nd homicide in Banff in less than 1 month

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A stabbing has left 1 man dead in the town of Banff
A stabbing has left one man dead in the town of Banff. As Carolyn Kury de Castillo reports, it’s the second homicide in the community this summer – Sep 3, 2022

The Town of Banff has seen its second homicide in three decades, all within the span of one month.

On Saturday morning, a 27-year-old man from Foothills County, Alta. was stabbed to death outside a local bar in the town.

Police said just after midnight on Sept. 3, officers responded to a call of an altercation outside a bar on Banff Avenue.

When officials arrived on scene, an injured man was found and taken to Mineral Spring Hospital by EMS where he was then declared to be dead, police said.

Two men have been taken into custody in relation to the incident.

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Alberta RCMP Major Crimes Unit have taken over the investigation, with the assistance of Banff RCMP and the RCMP Forensic Identification Unit.

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On Saturday, Mayor Corrie DiManno expressed their condolences for the devastating incident.

“Like many in the community, I am feeling angry, profoundly saddened and overwhelmed by the fatal stabbing in our town last night,” DiManno said. “On behalf of Council and of the community, I offer our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the young man who died.

“This brutal violence is shocking to our community and we are taking this issue very seriously. We continue to be a community in mourning and are healing from the tragic loss of a lifelong Banffite in August, so this incident will cause a resurgence of anxiety and trauma for some. It’s vital that folks who are struggling access the support services they need during this time.”

Anyone who witnessed or has information about the incident is asked to contact Banff RCMP at (403) 763-6600. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Stoppers online, or by calling 1-800-222-8477.

Police noted this incident is not related to a stabbing that occurred weeks ago in Banff.

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