Edmonton Police lay charges in September 2017 homicide of Blayne Joseph Burnstick

Edmonton, Alberta – The Edmonton Police Service has laid charges in relation to the death of Blayne Joseph Burnstick, 25, whose body was found in a residence in northwest Edmonton on Sept. 18, 2017.

Edward Piche, 29, was arrested by Saskatoon police on Monday, March 5, 2018, and has since been transported back to Edmonton, where he has been remanded.

Piche has since been charged with second degree murder and a number of firearms-related charges.

Homicide detectives continue to investigate Burnstick’s death, as well as the shooting death of Nexhmi “Nick” Nuhi, 76, who was found deceased inside the same multi-level residence on Wednesday, Sept. 13th, 2017.


On Monday, September 18, 2017, police began investigating the suspicious death of Blayne Joseph Burnstick, 25, who was found deceased inside a multi-level residence near 111 Avenue and 94 Street. Investigators confirmed that Burnstick was not a resident of that building.

The Edmonton Medical Examiner completed an autopsy on Burnstick on Thursday, September. 21, 2017 and the cause of death was determined to be a gun-shot wound. Homicide investigators determined the manner of death to be a homicide.

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