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Colleagues Mourn Nigerian Man Stabbed to Death by “Random” Assailant in Canada



Colleagues, friends and family are currently mourning a Nigerian man Nicholas Ozoechi Nwonye, 46, who was stabbed to death on his way home from class.

Nwonye left Nigeria with his wife and children in 2015 and was a student at Bow Valley College. He was enrolled in the institution’s practical nursing program.

In an attack which the police say was random and unprovoked, Nwonye was stabbed in the chest and abdomen on the westbound platform of the City Hall LRT station in downtown Calgary by someone he’d never met before.

“We believe this was random in nature,” Insp. Don Coleman of the CPS Major Crimes Section said.

The tragic incident occurred at about 6.45pm on June 2. Nwonye was stabilized on scene by first responders, and was rushed to Foothills hospital in critical, life-threatening condition, where he later died.

The suspected killer Keeton Michel Gagnon, 39 was caught by the police shortly after the attack. He was arrested after he boarded an eastbound train. He was later charged with second-degree murder.

“He was just such a treat to have there. (He was) a very kind, empathetic individual. He smiled all the time. He had an impact. He had a really big impact in the classroom. He will be missed in the classroom. I know this for a fact,” Rhonda Hersak, an instructor at the school said.

According to his classmates:

Nicholas Nwonye, a student at Bow Valley College tragically passed away on June 2, 2017. Nicholas was working two jobs to support his family, while also taking nursing classes at Bow Valley College.

Eighteen months ago, Nicolas left his job as an engineer in Nigeria to bring his wife and children to Canada for a better life. And just this past March Nicholas’ wife gave birth to a son.

Please consider donating to help Nicholas’ young family get through this extremely difficult time.

To help the family, the classmates have created a GoFundMe campaign. Visit to contribute.

Story: Calagary Herald


  1. Bennie

    June 8, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    HMMMMM!!!! so sad may his soul rest in peace, amen

  2. Theresa Doghor

    June 8, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    God bless them
    So sad!

  3. Corolla

    June 8, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    And here comes the waterworks! I am brokenhearted by this! May he rest in peace.

  4. Aibee

    June 8, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    May his soul rest in peace.

    But mehn, is Nigeria so bad that an engineer would leave the country to go start a nursing career in Canada while in his 40s?

  5. Lacey

    June 8, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    ask me o @ Aibee, May his soul Rest In Peace!!!that is the BS that the West sells to us, that we are a third world country!!! If not,why would an Engineer start training as a nurse in Canada? My friends that trained as Engineers in the US got engineering roles with their Nigerian certificate!!! What do Canadian Universities teach in engineering, that we in Nigeria don’t teach !!!Most times, is the women that put pressure on the men about moving abroad!!! I am just so sad , like he should have just stayed back in Nigeria and hustled his life!!! Doing two jobs and schooling is so much stress!!! Then dying on top it!!! It is well!!

    • Anon

      June 8, 2017 at 5:55 pm

      If he stayed in Nigeria would you have given him a job? How many Nigerians earn up to 200k a month? Plus rent, shit but overpriced schools, no safety and no police or cctv to help investigate your death. Why are Nigerians always in denial? In denial about sexual abuse, domestic violence, economy. Plus, people move to other countries ALL THE TIME. How many Americans and Brits are in Nigeria? To the point that there are American schools in Lagos and Abuja. I don’t see why Nigerians make it such a big deal. When Herod was chasing Jesus didn’t they move to Egypt? There are so many Americans here in the UK city where I live that our neigbourhood Tesco now has an American section. There’s an Asian section too, and one for Africans where they sell yam, okra and our bell peppers/tatashe. It’s globalisation, coupled with Nigeria’s terrible economy and a country with no constant electricity in 2017. And no, things are not getting better. Not just because of the government but because Nigerian culture is now about pretending things are better, plus accepting mediocrity.

  6. Sadebab

    June 11, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    So sad. May his soul rest in peace.. @ Anon. You are absolutely right. This pretence of things are better is contributing to Nigerians undergoing abuse of all sorts, ,deptession and mental illness.

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