2019 Edmonton homicide suspect arrested in Tirana, Albania

Edmonton, Alberta – An ongoing EPS Homicide Section investigation into the 2019 stabbing death of Gearard Wright has culminated with the arrest of a 21-year-old man in Albania.

At approximately 1:50 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, Wright, 20, died from stab wounds sustained during an altercation outside of an apartment building near 24 Avenue and 104 Street in the neighbourhood of Ermineskin.

EPS Homicide Section investigators have continued investigating the 2019 homicide, which recently led to the arrest of Artin Korca, 21, in Albania.

2019 Edmonton homicide suspect arrested in Tirana, Albania
2019 Edmonton homicide suspect arrested in Tirana, Albania

In February 2021, Interpol issued a “Red Notice” regarding Korca, a request to law enforcement worldwide to locate and provisionally arrest a person pending extradition, surrender, or similar legal action. Korca was arrested by Albanian police at a border crossing in that country on Aug. 8, 2021. Albanian officials subsequently granted extradition for the accused to return to Canada to face the charge.

On Sept. 23, 2021, EPS Homicide Section detectives assumed custody of Korca in Tirana, Albania and brought him back to Edmonton to face a charge of second degree murder in connection to Wright’s death.

Korca’s first court appearance is scheduled for Sept. 27, 2021.

EPS would like to thank its many partners who assisted in this investigation including:

Alberta Justice

Interpol

International Assistance Group – Department of Justice

RCMP Liaison Officers assigned to European posts

RCMP – Albanian speaking member from London Ont. detachment

CBSA

Peel Regional (Pearson Airport)

Edmonton Police Service

MRU #: H19R004-3

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