Mohamed Ali Hassan stabbed 18 times, Michael “Mikey” Leblanc charged with second-degree murder
The family of 19-year-old Mohamed Ali Hassan said they were too distraught to speak to reporters after learning their son was left to die in a neighbourhood park, with police alleging he had been stabbed about 18 times.
Police found a kitchen knife at the crime scene, and a witness led investigators to a nearby home, where they arrested 26-year-old Michael “Mikey” Leblanc, and later charged him with second-degree murder.
The witness told police he saw a man running from the crime scene wearing a blood-stained hooded sweatshirt, and after searching the home, police turned up a garment that fit the description.
(…)Leblanc appeared in court by video link Tuesday.
While believed to be drug-related, the fatal stabbing is the second homicide in as many months with ties to a national security investigation that dismantled a terror network in the capital a year ago.
Police were investigating a grey Ford Escape that was parked at the scene Monday.
The vehicle is registered to a family member of twin brothers Ashton and Carlos Larmond — both charged in January 2015 following an extensive RCMP terror probe — who grew up on the same King George Street block.
(…)With files from Shaamini Yogaretnam and Andrew Seymour