Second degree murder charge filed in death of Sudanese refugee outside northeast Calgary bar

CALGARY – Police have charged a man in the violent death of a young Sudanese refugee seeking a better life in Canada.

Bak Malok, 20, was stabbed and beaten with a baseball bat Thursday outside a northeast bar.

He was rushed to hospital but died early Friday.

“He’s a guy that forgives, he doesn’t hate,” said friend George Bol.

“No matter what you do, he just let it go. He had a good life, he was at the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Malok, who went by the nickname RichBoi, was looking forward to the Calgary Stampede, friends say.

He had no trouble making friends.

“He was like a brother to me, he was differernt from all those guys I know. He’s the nicest.”

On Saturday,police charged Johar Sirage Hussein, 26, of Calgary, with second degree murder.

Police have nearly a dozen witnesses to an argument on the patio of Mezzaluna in the 900 block of 36th Street N.E., and the violence in the parking lot.

Police say at 11 p.m. on Thursday, three men were walking on 36th Street N.E. near Mezzaluna bar when they got into an argument with a group of about 10 people leaving.

A one-on-one fight — which included one person from each group — broke out as the others watched.

Investigators believe the two groups that fought in the parking lot may not have known each other.