Calgary police have charged a youth with second-degree murder in the death of a 16-year-old found dead in an Arbor Lake park last week.
Police were called to Calgary’s Northwest Park at around 8:30 p.m. on March 31, where they discovered 16-year-old Jal Acor Jal with gunshot wounds.
“Our Homicide Unit worked around the clock to survey the Arbor Lake neighborhood to collect all CCTV footage, interviewed potential witnesses and worked closely with family, friends and community. extended community of Jal,” police said in a statement.
“We learned about Jal’s passion for basketball and football, how he lit up the lives of everyone around him, and how devastating his loss was for everyone who knew him.”
FAMILY STUNNED BY LOSS
In an interview Wednesday afternoon, Jal’s family said they are still mourning the loss and struggling with their feelings.
“We don’t know how to feel. We are still grieving – we are still shocked. We are still in disbelief – we don’t know how to feel,” said Akeir Kuol, Jal’s aunt.
Although an arrest was made, she says there is little information about what exactly happened.
She is forever grateful for the hard work of the police during the investigation and all members of the community who assisted.
“We just want to say thank you so much for helping the family get closer to the answers.”
ARREST ON APRIL 5
A search warrant was executed Tuesday at a residence and a 15-year-old boy was taken into custody.
The accused cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
He is due to appear in court on Thursday.
“We want to thank Jal’s family, friends and community for trusting us to find answers. We couldn’t have done this without their help and the help of the people of Arbor Lake,” said said the homicide unit master sergeant. Sean Gregson.
“While we are grateful to have been able to provide answers to his family, it is a sad conclusion to an already tragic event.”