Jasper Avenue Joey restaurant murder shatters Newfoundland family
'You took everything from me when you murdered my child'
The mother of a man murdered in the middle of the afternoon near the Joey restaurant on Jasper Avenue addressed his killer in court Friday.
"Christian, you took everything from me when you murdered my child," said Mary Maloney, mother of Dale Maloney, in her victim impact statement. "I didn't even get to say goodbye."
Maloney, from Newfoundland, was shot around 4 p.m., Aug. 13, 2012, behind the Joey Jasper restaurant in the Oliver neighbourhood, just west of downtown Edmonton.
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"Today I stand here before you to let you know my son was special," she said speaking directly to Christian Iyamuremye at his sentencing hearing in an Edmonton courtroom.
"He was loved," she said. "I am not filled with hatred toward Christian, but there must be justice."
Maloney's two brothers, two sisters and mother spoke about how his murder shattered their lives.
"You had no right to take another person's life," said Maloney's older sister Tina Maloney. "I do not understand your reasons for murdering my brother."
Iyamuremye gave no reaction.
Jason Maloney described how doctors brought his brother back to life three times before he eventually died.
"When I hear this, I think of his zest for life ... fighting to live," he said.
Iyamuremye, 25, was convicted of second-degree murder and will automatically serve a life sentence. However he will learn his eligibility for parole at a hearing on Sept. 28, 2015.