People in Saskatoon's Burmese community are mourning the death of a 40-year-old man who was fatally stabbed in that city's fourth homicide of the year.
Tie Kyaw was found severely wounded in the city's west end early in the morning on Mar. 31. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police released his name on Tuesday.
Several members of the city's Burmese community gathered in a Buddhist temple Tuesday to remember their fallen friend.
Kyaw came to Saskatoon in 1996. Before that, he was a rebel fighter on the Burma-Thailand border, friends said.
Last Wednesday, police said, he had been involved in some sort of altercation on the 1900 block of 22nd Street West, between Avenue S and Avenue T.
A 50-year-old man who had also been attacked and who knew Kyaw was found nearby and taken to hospital, where he is still recovering from his wounds.
Friends say the pair had just bought a case of beer and were attacked walking home.
Khaing Kyaw said many Burmese live in the area where their friend was killed.
To survive a jungle war and then die half a world away over a case of beer makes no sense, he said.
"We had no choice, we had to fight once in our life, back home," he said. "Now, it is again here."
Police say neither of the two men knew their attackers.
Police are looking for three "persons of interest" who were in the area on the morning of the homicide.
The asking anyone with information is asked to call the Saskatoon Police Service at 975-8300 or Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.