Gang links to killing / Wrong place, wrong time (Edmonton)

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Gang links to killing / Wrong place, wrong time (Edmonton)

Unread post by Trey » September 12th, 2006, 4:28 pm

One of the survivors of a deadly weekend drive-by shooting was out on bail after being charged with murder in 2005, the Sun has learned.

A young woman was killed and two men wounded in a hail of bullets Saturday. Police say the shooting was gang-related.

The woman, whose identity police have not released, was Edmonton's third homicide victim in 24 hours in a bloody weekend on the city's streets. Two men died the night before in separate stabbing incidents. None of the killings are believed to be connected.

Sources say accused killer Stephen Anthony Pillon was grazed by a bullet in the Saturday night shooting.

Pillon is charged with second-degree murder, aggravated assault and possession of a weapon in the death of Kenyon Joseph Gardiner on May 15, 2005. Another man was also charged in the incident.



Saturday's gunfire broke out at 11:30 p.m. at Argyll Road and 76 Avenue. The victims were in a black Mercedes C-class sedan, valued at more than $82,000, stopped at the intersection when a van pulled up alongside and opened fire.

A third man, who was a passenger in the back seat of the Mercedes, was shot in the throat and is listed in critical but stable condition in hospital, said police.

Witnesses said they heard four or five shots around 11:30 p.m. coming from the intersection of Argyll Road and 76 Avenue Saturday.

"It sounded like a small calibre weapon," said one man, who'd been outside Casino Edmonton having a smoke when he heard four shots.

He described himself as a gun collector who owns 15 weapons and recognizes the sound of gunfire.

"It sounded far away," said the man, who wouldn't reveal his name.

Another man said he and his wife had pulled up next to the Mercedes at 75 Street and 75 Avenue moments before the shooting.

"They rolled the windows down and stared at us," he said.

After the gunfire, the man, who also wouldn't give his name, said he was surprised to see the luxury car empty at the scene of a brazen shooting.

Police chief Mike Boyd said he's concerned with the recent violence - as well as the possibility of retaliation in the city's 21st homicide of the year.

"We need to all be concerned in our community. But you know Edmonton is a safe city ... I think we've gone four or five weeks now without a single homicide," he said.

"(But) one homicide is one homicide too many as far as I'm concerned."

Boyd urged anyone with information on any of the slayings to call police.

Police homicide and gang-unit detectives are investigating the woman's death. An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday.

Cops are looking for an older-model black van.

The gang unit is working with homicide detectives in the investigation, which cops say appears to be gang-related.

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Unread post by Trey » September 12th, 2006, 4:29 pm

A 23-year-old cocktail waitress and model gunned down as she drove a Mercedes along an Edmonton street is being mourned as a "sweet" woman who was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Lillian Duong, known in the modelling world as Lily Tran, was fatally shot at the intersection of Argyll Road and 76 Avenue around 11:30 p.m. Saturday.

Two men in the Mercedes were injured. One of them was Duong's boyfriend, accused killer Stephen Anthony Pillon, who was grazed by a bullet.

ONE IN CRITICAL CONDITION

The other man remains in critical condition in hospital with a gunshot wound to the throat.

No arrests have been made in the shooting, which cops believe is gang-related, and police spokesman Dean Parthenis said investigators have received no useful tips on the case. It was the city's 21st homicide this year.

Kristal P., a 22-year-old friend of Duong's who didn't want her last name printed, said she was in a vehicle in front of the Mercedes when she heard four shots.

"I ran to her door and she fell into my arms," Kristal told the Sun, adding her unconscious friend appeared to have a pulse. "But she didn't wake up ... She was the sweetest person in the world."

Pamela Smart, 23, said Duong had hoped to open her own hair salon. "She wasn't a gangster," Smart said. "She's an innocent victim. She died too young."

Others who knew Duong were in shock yesterday over the slaying of the beautiful young woman in her prime.

"She was a fairly quiet, sweet girl - nobody I'd ever expect would get tied up with drug gangs, which is what this looks like," said an Edmonton photographer, who did a photo shoot with Duong a few months ago. "Probably just in with the wrong crowd."



'PLEASANT GIRL'

Allan Husak, who also photographed Duong, said she did a lot of import car shows, often travelling to the U.S. as a spokesmodel.

"She was a very well-behaved, very tame, pleasant girl. She was doing really well and she made good money at it."

Bradford Pettigrew, a glamour photographer, had known Duong for three years and said she didn't have a "mean bone in her body."

Duong possessed a "unique, almost perfect" look that had her rocketing to the top of the glamour modelling world, said Pettigrew.

Duong had been working for the last six months as a cocktail waitress at the Sawmill Prime Rib and Steakhouse restaurant in the city's west end as she pursued her modelling career.

SHRINE OF FLOWERS

"We're in shock," said a Sawmill manager. "As far as we knew, she came to work, she did a good job and went home. She was a nice girl. A very pretty girl.

"To us, it's being in the wrong place at the wrong time."

By early yesterday, a shrine of flowers had been set up near the scene of the shooting, on a narrow median at the hectic intersection of 76 Avenue and Argyll Road.

Hand-scrawled messages surrounded a red heart with the name "Lily" written inside and the dates March 19, 1983 to Sept. 9, 2006 above.

One message, from a writer named Elliott, read, "Lily B., You know I'm here. Wherever u are I will never ever be without you in my heart! I love you B4/Now/4Ever."

Pillon is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Kenyon Joseph Gardiner on May 15, 2005. He was out on bail during Saturday's shooting.

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Unread post by EmperorPenguin » January 29th, 2007, 10:24 am

Trey wrote:A 23-year-old cocktail waitress and model gunned down as she drove a Mercedes along an Edmonton street is being mourned as a "sweet" woman who was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Lillian Duong, known in the modelling world as Lily Tran, was fatally shot at the intersection of Argyll Road and 76 Avenue around 11:30 p.m. Saturday.

Two men in the Mercedes were injured. One of them was Duong's boyfriend, accused killer Stephen Anthony Pillon, who was grazed by a bullet.

ONE IN CRITICAL CONDITION

The other man remains in critical condition in hospital with a gunshot wound to the throat.

No arrests have been made in the shooting, which cops believe is gang-related, and police spokesman Dean Parthenis said investigators have received no useful tips on the case. It was the city's 21st homicide this year.

Kristal P., a 22-year-old friend of Duong's who didn't want her last name printed, said she was in a vehicle in front of the Mercedes when she heard four shots.

"I ran to her door and she fell into my arms," Kristal told the Sun, adding her unconscious friend appeared to have a pulse. "But she didn't wake up ... She was the sweetest person in the world."

Pamela Smart, 23, said Duong had hoped to open her own hair salon. "She wasn't a gangster," Smart said. "She's an innocent victim. She died too young."

Others who knew Duong were in shock yesterday over the slaying of the beautiful young woman in her prime.

"She was a fairly quiet, sweet girl - nobody I'd ever expect would get tied up with drug gangs, which is what this looks like," said an Edmonton photographer, who did a photo shoot with Duong a few months ago. "Probably just in with the wrong crowd."



'PLEASANT GIRL'

Allan Husak, who also photographed Duong, said she did a lot of import car shows, often travelling to the U.S. as a spokesmodel.

"She was a very well-behaved, very tame, pleasant girl. She was doing really well and she made good money at it."

Bradford Pettigrew, a glamour photographer, had known Duong for three years and said she didn't have a "mean bone in her body."

Duong possessed a "unique, almost perfect" look that had her rocketing to the top of the glamour modelling world, said Pettigrew.

Duong had been working for the last six months as a cocktail waitress at the Sawmill Prime Rib and Steakhouse restaurant in the city's west end as she pursued her modelling career.

SHRINE OF FLOWERS

"We're in shock," said a Sawmill manager. "As far as we knew, she came to work, she did a good job and went home. She was a nice girl. A very pretty girl.

"To us, it's being in the wrong place at the wrong time."

By early yesterday, a shrine of flowers had been set up near the scene of the shooting, on a narrow median at the hectic intersection of 76 Avenue and Argyll Road.

Hand-scrawled messages surrounded a red heart with the name "Lily" written inside and the dates March 19, 1983 to Sept. 9, 2006 above.

One message, from a writer named Elliott, read, "Lily B., You know I'm here. Wherever u are I will never ever be without you in my heart! I love you B4/Now/4Ever."

Pillon is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Kenyon Joseph Gardiner on May 15, 2005. He was out on bail during Saturday's shooting.

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Arygll and 76th Ave. I got married at the hotel on that corner. I sure don't miss certain aspects of Edmonton. :)

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