A Winnipeg man who was shot to death in a case of mistaken identity is being remembered by those close to him.Nigel Dixon, 20, was shot and killed in broad daylight on the 500 block of Langside Street on April 2.
Dixon and a woman were walking in the area at around 4 p.m. when a group of people approached them and accused them of being in a gang. When they denied involvement and tried to flee, Dixon and the woman were shot.
Dixon later died in hospital. Police later revealed Dixon was not in a gang, and officers believed it to be a case of mistaken identity.
"I cried — like lots. I think I cried for two or three days off and on," said Beverley Nielson, a close personal friend of Dixon’s.
Nielson said Dixon came over often to play video games with her sons.
"They were little gamers, I guess. They were always playing games," she said.
Nielson’s sons and Dixon were very close, she said.
"Nigel would say, ‘These are my brothers.’ He would always call them his brothers," said Nielson.
Nielson said the loss hit her family hard.
"It was very sad. Like, why would somebody do that?"
Crystal Poirier mentored Dixon for the last four years, helping him hone his job skills at the Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre Inc.
Poirer said she has no idea why strangers would have thought he was in a gang.
"There was no way he would be involved in any kind of gang activity — any kind of street activity," she said.
"I work with all kinds of kids, all kinds of youth in different situations, you know. And that wasn’t his situation."
Winnipeg police are still investigating the shooting and have not yet made any arrests in the case.
In the meantime, Nielson said her family is trying to cope with the loss.
"I miss him," Nielson said.