Calgary, AB,

Additional suspects wanted on warrants for fatal Eau Claire shooting

Warrants have been issued for two additional suspects connected to the fatal shooting of Benjamin VIRTUCIO.

On Saturday, June 6, 2020, Abdullahi BARAKOBE, 26, was previously arrested in Calgary and charged. BARAKOBE will next appear in court on June 22, 2020.

On Tuesday, June 9, Canada-wide warrants were issued for Mahad Sayid Haji BARAKOBE, 27, and Mehdi (also known as Eddy) AL KHOUZAII, 22. Investigators have not been able to locate the men and are seeking public assistance to do so. Both have been charged with one count each of second-degree murder and kidnapping with a firearm.

Mahad Sayid Haji BARAKOBE has identifying tattoos on his left forearm including a machete, bat and the words “one fear”.

Photos of BARAKOBE and AL KHOUZAII are available on The City of Calgary Newsroom.

We have also located and seized the white Mercedes car that was previously sought by investigators.

We would like to thank the media and the members of the public who have been instrumental in bringing swift resolution in this case.

“This investigation is not over. We will continue to pursue anyone who had involvement in the events of Friday, June 5, that led to the unnecessary death of Benjamin,” says Homicide Unit Staff Sergeant Martin Schiavetta. “Violence such as this is completely unacceptable in our City. The shooting took place in a highly public area and we are lucky no one else was injured as a result.”

Anyone with information about this murder is asked to call the Calgary Police Service at 403-266-1234, or the Homicide Unit Tip Line at 403-428-8877. Tips about this case can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers through any of the following methods:

TALK: 1-800-222-8477


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Case #20222407/3417