‘Ottawa’ One in custody after man fatally stabbed on Meadowlands Drive — the city’s 22nd homicide of 2016
Friends and family members are struggling to come to terms with the slaying of Carleton University student Abdullah Al-Tutunji over the weekend.
The 20-year-old man was stabbed to death after a scuffle outside a McDonald’s in a plaza along Meadowlands Drive around 2:45 a.m. Sunday.
Paramedics treated Al-Tutunji, who was unconscious, with “multiple penetrating trauma wounds.”
Despite their efforts, including a chest thoracostomy, when a small incision is made in the chest wall, and “aggressive resuscitative measures,” he did not survive.
A man was in custody and police said Sunday charges were pending.
The attack has left family and friends reeling and asking how this could have happened.
“Abdullah was a well behaved, well raised young man who was very caring and peaceful. He never raised his voice to anyone and was always the quiet one,” said his cousin, Gee Gassan Alneama, in an interview via Facebook.
“Never thought he’d be involved in such a violent act.”
Al-Tutunji studied environmental engineering at Carleton University, according to his Facebook profile.
One man told the Citizen he has been friends with the victim for the past 10 years but was not mentally ready to do an interview.
Other friends are mourning his loss and sharing fond memories of him on social media.
“You where an amazing friend, we had such good times together. I still remeber (sic) the days we use to make jokes or all the good times at hwy 55,” wrote Bashar Aldoori on Facebook, alongside a photo of a group of four young men on a boat.
Al-Tutunji worked at Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes and Fries in Oakville, Ont., according to his Facebook account. A staff member at the eatery, which has been renamed Gazebo Burgers and Grills, said Tutunji quit working there about two years ago.
In his touching online tribute, Aldoori said Al-Tutunji was like a brother to him.
“All the times we went out to shisha cafes. I cant believe you are gone. Bageya Ib hayatak. I will never forget you. RIP.”
He is the city’s 22nd homicide victim of the year.
On Sunday morning, clothing and McDonald’s wrappers were strewn on the ground in the parking lot of the Prince of Wales plaza as forensic identification officers examined the crime scene. Nearly the entire parking lot was cordoned by police off for several hours.
Several surveillance cameras are mounted over multiple storefronts in the plaza facing the scene, offering potential clues for investigators as to how the attack transpired.
The major crime unit said neither of the two weekend homicides was gang-related, but the unit’s investigation into the stabbing was ongoing.
Al-Tutunji’s killing was the second homicide in two days, and the latest in what has been a deadly year in the capital.
On Saturday, Lee John Joseph Germain, 32, was fatally shot at a Centretown apartment building. Police said Steven Michael Frenette, 33, is considered armed and dangerous. A Canada-wide warrant has been issued for his arrest on a charge of first-degree murder.