Pritchard Avenue homicide victim mourned at vigil
John James Allen Lund was stabbed during house party on Saturday
A 25-year-old man who was killed in Winnipeg's North End over the weekend was remembered for his love and humour, while family members say they're additionally devastated to hear they aren't eligible for victim's compensation.
Dozens attended a vigil on Thursday evening outside the home in the 400 block of Pritchard Avenue where John James Allen Lund was stabbed in an altercation early Saturday morning.
"A big hole in my and my husband's heart," Rachel Mann, Lund's mother, said before she broke down in tears.
Police have said a fight started with several other men at a house party, and Lund and another man were stabbed.
The other man survived the attack, but Lund died in hospital.
A 22-year-old man was arrested and charged with second-degree murder and attempted murder.
Lund's death was one of three separate homicides that Winnipeg police were called to investigate over the Canada Day long weekend.
Known among his family as "Jon Jon," Lund was remembered as a good man who loved his family.
Not eligible for compensation
According to relatives, Lund's family learned they're not eligible for victim's compensation funds, which would help pay for his funeral, because of his criminal record.
"His criminal past, his criminal history did not define who he was," said Mary Burton, Lund's aunt.
"He was a young man who loved his family, who loved his friends, and would do anything for them."
The Manitoba government can provide up to $5,400 to the families of eligible victims of crime to help cover funeral costs.
Lund's family said before he died, he was trying to get out of a gang and turn his life around.
Burton argued that regardless of his past, Lund was the victim of a crime in this case.
"He was very much a victim, and in him being a victim, the rest of our family was victimized because he was taken from us," she said.
Lund's family said they are applying to other programs in the hopes of securing enough money to pay for his funeral.
Along with the vigil, people have been paying tribute to Lund online, including this YouTube video posted by a cousin: