The father of young man killed following a house party in Mill Woods Monday called the death senseless as he prepared to fly home to Canada for his son's funeral.
"Michael is a good natured, quiet boy," said Terry Motiuk. "Just a senseless killing, it’s appalling to me."
"What really sets him apart from others is that he's a true friend that you can count on — always helpful."
Michael Motiuk, 22, was killed early Monday near a home at Mill Woods Road East and 15th Avenue.
Witnesses said several young people attacked Motiuk and another male shortly before 5 a.m. Three knives and a sword were found near where Motiuk died.
Police are now calling Motiuk's death a homicide after an autopsy determined he died as a result of a stabbing. No arrests have yet been made.
"I wish, I hope all the best for the police to do their due diligence and ensure the idiots who are responsible for this senseless killing are brought to justice and the court system treats them harshly," said Motiuk, who is the vice chancellor at Abu Dhabi University.
"I will be suffering the loss everyday of my life because of their actions."
Michael was in the process of maturing and settling down in life after overcoming some difficulties such as dropping out of high school, his father said.
He lived with one of his two brothers.
Motiuk is now on his way to Edmonton from Abu Dhabi to plan his son's funeral, which is expected to take place Saturday.