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Monday, 14 November 2016

A Pastor’s Son Stabbed To Death At A Bar

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At about 2am on Sunday, November 6, 21-year-old Solomon Odekunle was seen stumbling out of a popular hangout, Piper’s Bar and Grill, in Ottawa, Canada, with blood gushing out of his neck.

Eyewitnesses interviewed by the police said few steps away, he collapsed on Coventry Road. He was later pronounced dead in the hospital.

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Solomon was stabbed by a man, who has been identified as 27-year-old Joe Ndikuriyo.

According to Ottawa’s CBC News, he is the 17th victim of homicide in Ottawa this year.

Reports indicates that Ndikuriyo is a Burundian national. Even though the police in Ottawa have said they were still piecing together the timeline of events that led to the victim’s death, reports suggest he was stabbed during a fight between Ndikuriyo and another individual over a woman.

The victim, whose father is a pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Lagos according to residents of their neighbourhood in Fagba, Lagos, was admitted to the University of Ottawa in 2012 to study Economics.

When Punch visited his parents’ house at Rotimi Williams Estate, Fagba, on Thursday, a domestic employee explained that Solomon’s father had travelled while the inconsolable mother had relocated temporarily from the house.

It was learnt that the father had flown out to Canada after learning of the tragic murder of his son.

Solomon’s sister, Deborah, who is also studying in Canada, shared heart-breaking words on Twitter that corroborated words of Solomon’s friends, who described him as a meek and funny young man.
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According to her, she saw him last a week before the incident.

His sister wrote: “If I did know it would be your last, I would have given you more than a fist bump. I would have gotten down on my knees and give you the deepest bro-hug.

“If I did know it would be your last, I would have pleaded with the drama leader to allow the rehearsal to linger a little so you and Peter could make us giggle a little more with some frog jump.

“If I did know it would be your last, I would have treasured those great words you shared with me a couple of months ago in the technical department, have them handwritten with the best calligraphic pens, framed and given to you right after doing those frog jumps.

“To the Solomon I saw last week, to the Solomon that finally got his picture taken properly last week, to the Solomon with an intellectual smile and chubby cheeks, to the Solomon his friends described as kind-hearted and meek, see you next.”

Deborah said that her dad would be attending a wake organised to took place on Friday.

“We would be having a memorial service for Solomon in Ottawa Friday evening and it is open to anyone that would like to come. Please, if you make it down, don’t cry because my dad would be there. I also believe that as Christians, we do not mourn, we celebrate life,” Deborah said.

There has been an outpouring of grief by Solomon’s friends and acquaintances on social media since the news of his death broke.

One friend wrote: “I’m lost for words. Rest in peace, Solomon. Such a gentle, polite, well mannered, intelligent, kind hearted young man! This is terribly sad.”

The suspect in the stabbing, who was said to have served a previous two-week jail term for weapons possession, was arrested the day after the attack. He has been charged with second-degree murder.

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