Fredericton stabbing victim remembered as kind, jokester
Christian Grueso Salas, 24, fled to Canada from Colombia after father's murder 8 years ago
The funeral for Christian Grueso Salas, a 24-year-old man fatally stabbed in Fredericton on Sunday, took place Thursday.
Salas was found by Fredericton police after they were called to Angelview Court, on the city's south side, on Feb. 16 at about 2 a.m.
Salas arrived in Canada from Colombia eight years ago with his mother, sister and niece
"For the mom, for Edith, she's been out west working for her family. She left Columbia because her husband was murdered there," said Rev. Dr. Terry Atkinson, senior pastor of Brunswick Street Baptist Church.
"They came as refugees, supposedly to a safe country, and then to have this happen to her son, it's so tragic. And her husband was killed on Feb.14, and such a close date for her son to be murdered, it's just overwhelming."
People described Salas as a jokester, kind-hearted, hard-working and a good friend.
"It's tough. It's tough. It's tough for all of us right now, and we're just trying to come together and just stay strong for each other, and just support each other," said Yusuf Mohamed.
Abdi Shire has known Salas since he came to Canada.
"He was a positive person, and if you're sad, he would come your way and try to make you smile. He will be there for you," said Shire.
"I just remember playing soccer with him … and I can't imagine being in a soccer team without him. It's just so hard. I mean, he was like a big brother to me."
Friend Roy Mugume says Salas was involved with several different groups of people that have come together in the wake of his death.
"There were people who knew him, but didn't know each other. So it's brought people close. And everyone is just shocked about how it all happened, to someone, who honestly, did not deserve it at all."
He will enter a plea on March 3.
Donations can be made to the family through RBC, McAdam's Funeral Home, or the Multicultural Association of Fredericton.