Two hockey players have been charged in the murder of a Vietnamese girl who was found beaten, strangled and covered in blood in an Edmonton skate park, police say.
Police say the two players are not related.
They’re also not facing charges related to a third homicide that happened on July 2 in a neighbouring city.
A 31-year-old man from Edmonton has been charged with first-degree murder, aggravated assault and uttering threats in connection with the slaying of the young woman, police said Monday.
The other two players have not been charged.
The victim was found near the corner of a wooded area between the Edmonton Oilers’ rink and the community rink, said Edmonton police Const.
He said police are not yet sure whether she was beaten or strangled, or both.
She was found in an area of a skate park between the Oilers and the skate park where she had been playing, Fincham said.
She was pronounced dead on the scene.
The Edmonton Oilers said they are offering their condolences to the family.
“We’re obviously devastated by the tragic death of a young girl.
We’re working to understand what happened,” general manager Peter Chiarelli said in a statement.
“It’s a very sad day for us and we’re working with our legal department to get to the bottom of this.”
The Oilers are in the midst of a three-game road trip that includes games against the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday and Thursday, before hosting the Carolina Hurricanes.
The investigation into the killing is ongoing, Finchamp said.