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Police believe road rage 'fuelled' fight that led to fatal stabbing of Brock Beck

Brock Beck, 20, died following a stabbing early Sunday morning at the end of a Binbrook driveway, according to police. His distraught father is begging anyone with information to contact investigators.

'I never got to say goodbye but I see your face with your beautiful smile': Barry Beck

Barry Beck shared this photo of his son Brock, 20, as part of an emotional Facebook post following his death on July 26, 2020. (Barry Beck/Facebook)

Investigators say road rage may have "fuelled" the confrontation that led to Brock Beck being stabbed and killed.

The 20-year-old died Sunday after a fight at the end of a Binbrook driveway, but in a media release shared Tuesday Hamilton police say the series of events that led to his death may have started just a short distance away.

"Detectives believe this incident may have been fuelled by road rage at the intersection of Binbrook Rd. and Hwy #56 in the center of the town of Binbrook," it states.

Police have released suspect descriptions and surveillance images and video of a white sedan. They're asking the people who were inside the car that night to contact them.

Investigators have also shared more detail about what was happening on the night of the stabbing.

"There were approximately seven persons at a private gathering attended by the victim and alcohol was a factor," reads a media release, adding everyone at the gathering has cooperated with the investigation.

The people in the suspect vehicle were not at the gathering and police don't think they had any contact with Brock before that night.

Investigators say Brock was studying in a mental health program at a college in Nova Scotia and had only been home in Binbrook for about a month before he was killed.

In an emotional Facebook post his grief-stricken father Barry Beck shared his anguish along with a message of love for his child.

"I love and miss him desperately," he wrote, adding when he called his mother to tell her what happened she was "devastated" along with the rest of the family.

Beck, a former NHL star who played more than 600 games with the New York Rangers, Colorado Rockies and LA Kings, is begging anyone with information to contact them.

"I love and miss you my beloved son Brock Cameron Beck. I never got to say goodbye but I see your face with your beautiful smile."

Police say officers were called to 3063 Binbrook Road just before 2 a.m. after reports of a disturbance and found Brock suffering stab wounds.

Investigators, including Det. Sgt. Steve Bereziuk (right), point to evidence markers at the scene of a fatal stabbing in Binbrook Sunday. (Dan Taekema/CBC)

He was transported to hospital where he died. A 16-year-old was also hurt in the attack, but was treated and quickly released.

In his post Beck writes that his son was stabbed multiple times.

"Brock bled to death on the ground, alone," it states, before asking God to have mercy upon those involved in his death.

Police previously said Brock was driving a grey Ford Fusion with Nova Scotia plates and police say they believe the suspects were in a sedan following closely behind.

Hamilton police have released surveillance images of a white car they're searching for in connection with the stabbing death of Brock Beck. (Hamilton Police Service)

They've already interviewed more than a dozen people, but are asking any other witnesses to come forward.

The suspects are described as a male who may have a muscular build, darker skin and perm-style hair as well as a white male with longer hair that was pushed back.

Police say they believe more than two suspects were involved in the attack, but don't yet know exactly how many people they're searching for.

The white sedan was last seen driving east, away from the scene, then north on Highway 56 toward Hamilton.

About the Author

Dan Taekema is a reporter/editor with CBC Hamilton. Email: daniel.taekema@cbc.ca

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