Southeast Calgary shooting victim remembered as father – Calgary IG News

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A victim of a deadly shooting in southeast Calgary last month was working to repatriate her family from Ethiopia to Canada.

Temsjen Tesfatson, 35, was the victim of a fatal shooting at the Ambassador restaurant and bar in Radisson Heights on Sunday, August 21.

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Police and paramedics arrived at the scene near 34th Street SE on 17th Avenue at around 4:40 a.m. to find a man injured by a gunshot wound.

According to the Calgary Police Service, Tesfashion was pronounced dead on the spot.

Philimon Asmelash Asfiha, 34, was charged with second-degree murder in connection with the incident.

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In a statement Tuesday, Tesfatson’s family remembered him as a devoted husband and a humble man.

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Tesfatsion came to Canada in 2019 and worked to make a living here bringing his family from Ethiopia with him. He was studying to become a certified heavy-duty mechanic, and was supposed to graduate on Tuesday.

He also obtained his Class 4 commercial license and completed his air-brake program certification, hoping to become a commercial truck driver.

Tesfatsion’s family described him as a father figure to his nieces and nephews and called him a true family man.


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“It was a senseless murder and we know Temsjen was not a target and that he was and remains an innocent man,” the statement from Tesfashion’s family read.

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“There are not enough words to describe the loving and caring man Temesjen was. Our brother was remarkable in many ways, he lived his life to the fullest and he touched many.”

Tesfashion is survived by his wife and two sons, as well as his family and family friends. Shortly before he died, he bought a plane ticket to fly back home to celebrate the first birthday of his son, whom he had never met before.

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“Our brother always said how important it is to see humanity in everyone. He will be remembered as a responsible, caring, goal-oriented, determined and kind person,” the statement read.

“At this time, we would like to express our sincere gratitude to everyone for their love and support and for helping us through this incredibly difficult time.”

The celebration of life for Tesfatsion is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.

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