Family wants justice after Calgary man fatally assaulted

The family of a Calgary man, who was fatally assaulted last weekend in the Rundle neighbourhood, is calling for justice.

Carl Crowchief with his children

Carl Crowchief leaves behind two young children – a son and a daughter.

Catherine Crowchief said she has more questions than answers about how her 26-year-old nephew Carl Crowchief died.

“We’re so confused. We’re hurt, we’re sad, we’re mad,” she said.

Carl was assaulted at his home in the 100 block of Rundleson Way N.E. on Oct. 23 and later died of his injuries.

Police say the incident was domestic.

“Our culture tells us to pray, to forgive. It’s very hard when a loved one is taken in this manner, in this fashion,” Crowchief said.

Carl leaves behind his two children — a son and daughter.

Last year, Carl’s wife died in an accident and his eldest son died shortly after.

Crowchief said Carl was like a son to her and doesn’t understand how this happened.

“Anybody that knew Carl knew that he wasn’t a violent man, that he was the most loving person that you’d know,” she told CTV News.

“If he had to give you the shirt off his back, the jacket off his back, he would. That was the kind of man Carl was.”

Alexis Ronnie Jerry, 18, was charged with manslaughter in Carl’s death.

Crowchief said Jerry knew her family, but they did not know about Carl’s relationship with her.

Carl’s family hopes the manslaughter charge upgrades to murder.

“At the end of the day, Carl was violently assaulted to the point of death. Like, she needs to be held accountable,” Crowchief said.

Andrea Silverstone, CEO of Sagesse Domestic Violence Prevention Society, said it’s important to break the stigma that only women are victims of domestic abuse.

“It can happen to anybody, and the gender of the perpetrator or the victim is not important. What’s important is that we as society are de-stigmatizing it and offering our thoughts, our support,” she said.

Silverstone said people experiencing or perpetrating domestic abuse tell friends or family before seeking support services, so she urges people to check in with loved ones.

“That means it’s my job to reach out to the people in my world if I think I see something going on, and say to them, ‘are you okay? You don’t seem to be okay. You seem to be afraid of your partner.’ Those are the questions that we need to ask.”

Crowchief hopes what happened to Carl is a lesson to others.

Crowchief said her family will continue to seek answers and plan on following the case as it moves through the court.

“We want justice for Carl. He didn’t deserve to die like this. He didn’t deserve this kind of violence.”

Jerry is expected to appear in court on Monday.

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