Calgary

Judge hears 15-year-old died in father's arms after unprovoked stabbing

After he was stabbed in the throat in an unprovoked attack, 15-year-old Leslie Sun Walk woke his dad up and then collapsed in his arms, a judge heard before accepting the killer's guilty plea to murder.

Leslie Sun Walk was stabbed in the throat by teen, who has pleaded guilty to murder

Leslie Sun Walk, 15, was fatally stabbed in the neck by a 16-year-old, who can't be identified. That teen pleaded guilty to second-degree murder on Friday. (Facebook)

After he was stabbed in the throat in an unprovoked attack, 15-year-old Leslie Sun Walk woke his dad up and then collapsed in his arms, a judge heard before accepting the killer's guilty plea to murder.

On Friday, a teenager pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, admitting to the fatal stabbing in November 2017.

The killer's identity is protected by a publication ban under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

On Nov. 15, 2017, Sun Walk and friends were having drinks at the victim's northeast home. The youth, who can't be identified, had a large hunting knife with him.

At some point, the two were sitting near each other in the living room with Sun Walk facing away from the offender.

'I just had to do it'

"The young person then, unprovoked, pulled back on the victim's hair and stabbed him in the throat with the knife," said prosecutor Rob Bassett while reading from the agreed statement of facts.

As he ran from the home, the killer told his friend, "I just had to do it."

While holding his throat, Sun Walk woke up his dad and stepmother. He collapsed into his father's arms while his stepmother called 911. By the time police and paramedics arrived, Sun Walk had no pulse and was unconscious.

He died shortly after arriving at hospital.

The killer was arrested about a week later and has been in custody since.

Provincial court Judge John Shaw accepted the young man's plea and ordered reports ahead of sentencing including a Gladue report, which examines an Indigenous offender's background.

Shaw will hear sentencing submissions from Bassett and defence lawyer Ian McKay in March.

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Meghan Grant

CBC Calgary crime reporter

Meghan Grant is a justice affairs reporter. She has been covering courts, crime and stories of police accountability in southern Alberta for more than a decade. Send Meghan a story tip at meghan.grant@cbc.ca or follow her on Twitter.

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