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EPS officers’ deaths deemed ‘homicides’ by medical examiner

Click to play video: 'Tributes, support continues for slain Edmonton police officers'
Tributes, support continues for slain Edmonton police officers
The tragic deaths of Constables Brett Ryan and Travis Jordan have had a deep impact on the community and beyond. For loved ones, the weight of this loss hasn't completely sunk in. With the grief, support continues to pour in for the officers families. Nicole Stillger has more – Mar 18, 2023

The deaths of two Edmonton police officers from gunshot wounds last week have been deemed homicides following autopsies conducted by the medical examiner.

Const. Brett Ryan, 30, and Const. Travis Jordan, 35, were shot by a 16-year-old boy during a family violence call Thursday. The boy then took his own life.

There has been an outpouring of support from the community, with several vigils being held across the city the two men served.

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“I think it brings the community a lot of peace knowing they are doing everything they can to try and help the officers, the family, most importantly, and friends,” said vigil organizer Lina Atwell.

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Flowers outside the Edmonton Police Service headquarters to honour Const. Travis Jordan, 35, and Const. Brett Ryan, 30, were killed early Thursday, March 16, 2023. Global news

EPS officers were there to support Atwell last March when she lost her brother, and now she wants to offer that same compassion.

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Ryan’s family attended the vigil Atwell organized at the west division police station on Friday. Her partner, Ryan Atwell, was friends with Brett Ryan, and had a chance to speak with the constable’s mom and dad.

“I just told them how sorry I am and how I had actually known Const. Ryan and how sorry I was and how much it meant to me,” Atwell said.

EPS has yet to release funeral details, however a spokesperson said information will be released as soon as it’s available.

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— With files from Morgan Black, Global News

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