Man dies in hospital, following vicious early-morning assault

Edmonton, Alberta – Homicide detectives are investigating the death of a 42-year-old man who died in hospital Sunday afternoon, as a result of injuries sustained during a vicious assault earlier that morning.

Northwest Division patrol officers responded to a call for assistance near 97 Street and 119 Avenue on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, where upon arrival they found a male lying unconscious on the sidewalk.

It was reported to police that two males were walking down 97 Street at approximately 3:20 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, when they were approached by four male and two female suspects. It is alleged that the suspects – not known to the complainants – then attempted to start a fight with the two men, who ignored the suspects and continued to walk away.

The suspects then reportedly assaulted the men, repeatedly punching one of the men in the face, while pushing the other to the ground, before repeatedly kicking the 42-year-old male in the head.

The suspects are believed to have fled the scene on foot, leaving the one male complainant in an unconscious state on the ground and the second male complainant with minor injuries.

Paramedics arrived on scene and were able to revive the 42-year-old male, before transporting him to hospital, where he would later succumb to his injuries Sunday afternoon.

The Medical Examiner has since conducted an autopsy on the deceased, confirming that Leonardo Duran Ibarez, 42, of Colombia, died as a result of injuries consistent with severe head trauma.

This is Edmonton’s 40th homicide of 2016.

Anyone who has information about this homicide is encouraged to contact the EPS at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at

MRU #:H16R042

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