UW student Lam Diing, 23, identified as victim in fatal Kitchener stabbing

​Waterloo Regional Police are investigating after a 23-year-old man was stabbed to death early Sunday morning. The University of Waterloo confirmed Lam Diing was a student there and a member of the Warriors football team.

Two men were known to each other prior to killing, police say

Lam Diing was a student at the University of Waterloo and played for the Warriors football team. He has been identified as the man who was fatally stabbed in Kitchener on Sunday morning. (UW Football)

The victim of a fatal stabbing in Kitchener early Sunday morning was a student at the University of Waterloo and played for the Warriors football team.

UW president Feridun Hamdullahpur issued a statement to the university community Monday after Lam Diing of Kitchener, an arts student at the school, was killed.

"Lam's passing will be felt by our entire campus community and most directly by the members of our football program," Hamdullahpur said, noting counselling is available.

"Our hearts go out to Lam's family. The university will provide any and all assistance it can to them in their time of grief."

Targeted attack

Police were called to a home on Kenora Drive, in the Ottawa St. N. and River Rd. E. area, just after midnight Sunday after reports of an "altercation" outside a home.

They found a man with a stab wound. He was taken to hospital, where he later died.

Another 22-year-old man has been arrested. 

According to police, the two men were known to each other and the killing was "a targeted attack."

The major crime unit is investigating.

'Tremendous student athlete'

Roly Webster, director of athletics and recreation at UW said Lam had a close connection with his fellow student-athletes and coaches and that is "why this is devastating to so many of us."

 "We will now need to draw on the collective strength of the Warrior family to support each other as we grieve this loss," he said.

Warriors football head coach Chris Bertoia expressed sympathy for Lam's family and said he "will be forever missed on and off the field."

"Lam was a tremendous student athlete who made those around him better with his work ethic and glowing smile," Bertoia said.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Lam's family pay for his funeral.


UW students who need support can contact the following resources:

  • Counselling Services — 519-888-4567 ext. 32655.
  • Here 24/7 — 1-844-437-3247.
  • Health Services, Student Medical Clinic — 519-888-4096.
  • Grand River Hospital — 519-749-4300.
  • St. Mary's Hospital — 519-744-3311.
  • Good2Talk — 1-866-925-5454.
  • Crisis Services Canada — 1-833-456-4566 or by text 45645.  
  • Employee and Family Assistance Provider (Homewood Health) — 1-800-663-1142.
  • Occupational Health: Linda Brogden at ext. 36264 or Karen Parkinson at ext. 30338.

Corrections

  • An earlier version of this story stated the victim is 22-years-old because it was indicated in a statement issued by Waterloo Regional Police Service. When in fact, the victim of the stabbing is 23-years-old.
    Apr 16, 2018 10:17 AM ET