Edmonton fathers ID'd as victims of Loblaws warehouse stabbings

A man arrested after a bloody stabbing rampage at an Edmonton grocery warehouse will be charged later today with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder.

Jayme Pasieka to face 1st-degree murder charges

Edmonton man facing murder charges

The National

7 years ago
Police say Jayme Pasieka will be charged with first-degree murder for horrific assault that left two dead and four injured at a grocery warehouse 2:31

The families of two Edmonton fathers are coming to grips with the gruesome deaths of their loved ones, killed during a bloody stabbing rampage at an Edmonton grocery warehouse on Friday.

At a Saturday media briefing, police identified the deceased as 50-year-old Fitzroy Harris and 41-year-old Thierno Bah.

Four other people were hurt, with one in stable but serious condition in hospital.

"As can be expected the families are devastated that their loved ones would go to work and then never come home," said Staff-Sgt. Bill Clark earlier today.

A number of people were stabbed at this warehouse in west Edmonton Friday. (Sylvain Bascaron/CBC News)

Police say 29-year-old Jayme Pasieka will be charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder. He will also face two charges of possessing an offensive weapon.

A day earlier a man with a knife in each hand wearing a protective vest burst into the Loblaws Western Grocers warehouse just after 2 p.m. MT and started stabbing people throughout the facility.

Police said Pasieka worked at the warehouse and was on shift at the time of the attacks.

"I was at the crime scene and it covers a large area I would probably estimate probably a 50 to 70-yard area where this whole rampage took place," Clark said. "There are various different aisles of food and things happened in a whole pile of different aisles.  It was very random and very sporadic."

Police said Harris was pronounced dead inside the warehouse and Bah died later in an ambulance.

Family moved from Montreal

Friends confirmed to CBC Edmonton that Bah was a married father of four who recently moved to the city from Montreal with his family.

Those who knew him, will do so for his knowledge of music and his ability to be a DJ.- Patricia Harris, daughter of victim

A member of the Guinean community, Bah had 30 minutes left in his shift when he was killed.

"We just.....we've.....we are in shock.  We are shocked about what's happened," said a family friend also coincidentally named Theirno Gando Bah."This crime should not happen.  We need justice for that.  We need explanation of what happened. This is not what we came for in Canada."

Harris' daughter Patricia said her dad will be missed by the family and those who knew him affectionately as Spragga.

"Music was his life, and reggae music was his soul," she said. "Those who knew him, will do so for his knowledge of music and his ability to be a DJ."

At the Saturday media briefing, police described Pasieka as being "cooperative" and "calm" after a three-hour manhunt that eventually led to his arrest.

Jayme Pasieka has been found guilty on two counts of first-degree murder for killing two men at a Loblaws warehouse in February 2014. (EPS)

"I can tell you that he has been very calm, very polite and he has been cooperative. I won't be able to go into details of what he has told us, or what he has talked about," said Staff-Sgt. Bill Clark.

The weapons used in the attack have not been found, police say, and they have not said what the motive was for the attack.

Police said they conducted over 60 interviews on Friday.

2009 conviction

In a May 2009 Pasieka was convicted of threatening to cause death or bodily harm and assault with a weapon.

In that incident Pasieka threw eggs at his neighbour's truck, set a heart-shaped fire on their street and brandished a compound bow and arrow.

He was sentenced two years later to 15 months probation.

Pasieka told police he did it in the name of the Queen. His father told court he had suffered a head injury three years earlier and since then takes a little longer to understand things.

With files from CBC News