Edmonton homicide victims knew the accused killer and his household had been on the lookout for justice
Police are still investigating an Edmonton murder involving a young victim and an accused murderer. Sierra Chalifoux-Thompson, 13, was attacked and killed on Friday night October 2 while walking north of town. Now her family and the police are trying to find out what led to such a tragic event.
Angela Chalifoux, Sierra’s mother, told Narcity that her family is devastated and wants answers.
“My daughter deserves justice,” said Chalifoux.
In a Facebook post, Chalifoux described her daughter as lively and loving, but also brave and always ready to stand up for people who are important to her.
“My biggest and worst fear in my entire life is staring straight into my face,” Chalifoux said in the Facebook post.
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What happened the night Sierra was killed?
According to the girl’s mother, Sierra was followed by a group late Friday, October 2, when she was walking with a friend near the Coliseum in northeast Edmonton.
EPS said in a press release that they learned of an attack in the 75 Street area and Mount Lawn Road Northwest shortly after 11 p.m.
Officers and paramedics found Sierra seriously injured and took her to the hospital, where she later died.
Sierra’s mother told Narcity that the girl’s friend stayed with her until the emergency services arrived.
“She was only 13 years old and had potential and so much to offer. Nobody deserves to go through this,” Chalifoux told Narcity.
Edmonton Police held a press conference on Monday October 5th but did not want to say what Sierra’s injuries were.
who is responsible
Edmonton police said in a press release on Monday October 5 that they had charged a “female youth” with second degree murder in connection with the attack.
Sgt. Brenda Dalziel of the EPS Killer Unit spoke to reporters at a press conference on Monday, October 5, but did not want to talk about whether the attack was targeted.
Sierra’s mother confirmed to Narcity that the defendant and her daughter knew each other but were not close.
Dalziel would also not comment on whether anyone else would be charged at this point.
The defendant is now awaiting trial, but since she is still a minor, her name and age are protected by the Juvenile Criminal Law Act.
What is happening now?
Investigators are working to find out what happened that night.
“This is a really difficult situation for homicide investigators, first responders, the ambulance that was there, and of course it’s a tragedy for the family and, in this case, both families,” said Dalziel.
The sergeant went on to explain how “unusual” it was to have a case like this involving such a young victim and an accused murderer.
Police have received a lot of tips from the public based on social media posts, but Dalziel said investigators are focusing on facts and reliable sources.
“Not everything we read online will be true, so homicide investigators must do their job to ensure that what we are pursuing as evidence is real, and we will,” said the sergeant.
Anyone who witnessed the attack or was in the area at the time is asked to report to speak to the Edmonton Police Department at 1-780-423-4567 or # 377 from a mobile phone.
can also remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
The victim’s aunt, Fran Chalifoux Tribe, posted on Facebook that she hopes more information will emerge.
“Her life was important to us, she is not a statistic,” she said in the post.
The teen’s uncle launched a GoFundMe page to pay for funeral expenses, and the family held a vigil for Sierra over the weekend.