U of C student’s death mourned

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A University of Calgary student was fatally stabbed in the early morning on Saturday, Jan. 12.

Brett Wiese, a 21-year-old bachelor of commerce student, died from his injuries after an attack at a house party in Brentwood around 3 a.m. on Saturday.

A second victim, a man in his early 20s, remains in hospital in critical condition, according to reports by the Calgary Herald and Metro.

Police have arrested and charged two people in the attack. 

Mitchell Harkes, a 19-year-old Calgary man, has been charged with second-degree murder, aggravated assault and breaching four court orders. An unnamed 17-year-old youth offender has also been charged with second-degree murder.

In a message to the campus community, U of C President Elizabeth Cannon extended sympathy and support to those who knew Wiese.

“We are a tight-knit campus community and I know we will support one another through this difficult time,” said Cannon. “We are truly saddened by this tragedy, and have extended our deepest sympathies to Brett’s family and his many friends here at the university.”

A funeral service for Wiese will be open to the public. It will be held at the Ponoka Stampede grounds at 1 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18.