STREET VIOLENCE WATCH
Wednesday, May 27 2015
By Keith Gerein, Edmonton Journal May 26, 2015
Edmonton police are investigating the city’s seventh homicide of the year, after a man who was found outside a west-end motel last week died from his injuries.
Randy Evans, 54, died in hospital several days after suffering a vicious assault.
He was discovered around 1:45 a.m. on May 20 lying outside the front door of the Aurora Motel at 151st Street and 111th Avenue.
Just outside the motel office, police cordoned off a red semi-tractor trailer unit with a blood-spattered windshield. The truck was still running, its left signal light flashing and its driver’s side window smashed.
Evans was taken to hospital, where he was listed in critical condition until he died.
Police would not reveal the date of his death, but said an autopsy was conducted Monday. The autopsy confirmed the case as a homicide, though the actual cause of death is not being made public.
As well, police declined to say whether Evans was the driver of the truck, nor would they reveal where he lived. Police spokeswoman Cheryl Sheppard said he was a resident of Alberta, but did not live in Edmonton and was not a guest at the motel.
Police are still investigating whether the homicide is related to another incident two blocks south of the motel, at 109th Avenue and 149th Street, where a grey Dodge Durango was found smashed into a tree. The front right side of the vehicle was dented and the right headlight was lying on the grass nearby.
The Durango, which has the licence plate of BRR-5383, was listed as stolen.
Anyone with information about the homicide or the Durango is asked to call the EPS non-emergency complaint line at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm.