Calgary, Alberta – We are sharing the below statement and photos on behalf of Temesgen TESFATSION’s family. Temesgen was the victim of a fatal shooting that occurred at the Ambassador Restaurant and Bar last month. No additional investigative details are available at this time.
“We are completely overwhelmed with grief at the sudden and tragic loss of our brother, Temesgen TESFATSION, who was tragically killed last month.
This was a senseless killing and we know Temesgen was not a target and that he was and remains an innocent man.
There are not enough words to describe the loving and caring person Temesgen was. Our brother was remarkable in so many ways, he lived his life to the fullest and he touched so many people.
Those who knew Temesgen remember him as a humble and caring person. He was a devoted husband, son, brother, uncle, and friend. He was considered a father-figure to his nieces and nephews and thought of by many as a true family man.
Temesgen was his mother’s “right hand” and was always by her side. He helped raise his younger siblings and started working at a young age, helping out wherever he could. Growing up, he was a good student and a hard-working young man.
Temesgen came to Canada in 2019 and worked hard to build a life here in preparation for his family in Ethiopia to join him. During his time here in Canada, he was studying to become a certified heavy-duty mechanic, with his graduation ceremony set to take place on today, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022. He also obtained his Class 4 commercial license and completed his air-brake program certification in hopes of becoming a commercial truck driver.
Shortly before he died, Temesgen had purchased a plane ticket to travel back home so he could be with his family to celebrate his son’s first birthday, whom he had yet to meet, and accompany his family on their trip to their new home in Canada.
Temesgen is survived by his wife and two sons, his mother, his two sisters, nephews, nieces and numerous family friends and community members.
Temesgen was an active member within his community and served as a youth soccer coach, encouraging his own nieces and nephews to become involved in the sport.
He would seek out those who needed help without asking. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he would seek out those who were struggling, often taking it upon himself to shop for and deliver groceries and other supplies for those who were in isolation or who couldn’t access other supports.
Our brother always said how important it was to see the humanity in everyone. He will be remembered as a responsible, caring, goal-oriented, determined, and compassionate person.
At this time, we want to express our sincerest gratitude to everyone for their love and support and helping us through this incredibly difficult time.”
01 September 2022
Update #2 – Charges laid in fatal shooting outside Ambassador Restaurant
Our Homicide Unit continues to investigate a fatal shooting that occurred in the community of Radisson Heights last month.
At approximately 4:40 a.m., on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2022, we were called for reports of gunshots at the Ambassador Restaurant and Bar, located at 3504 17 Avenue S.E. Upon arrival, our officers located a man suffering from what appeared to be a gunshot wound and began life-saving measures. Sadly, the victim, identified as Temesgen TESFATSION, succumbed to his injuries on scene.
After reviewing CCTV footage and interviewing witnesses, we have identified a suspect who is now wanted on Canada-wide warrants.
Filimon Asmelash ASFIHA, 34, is charged with second-degree murder in relation to the death of Mr. Tesfatsion.
ASFIHA is described as 5’11” tall, with a medium build and short black hair. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to contact police.
“We would like to thank community members for coming forward to support our investigation,” said Staff Sergeant Sean Gregson of the Calgary Police Service Homicide Unit. “We know citizens are upset and angry with the recent violence we have seen in our city and appreciate their support with moving this investigation forward. We believe someone was being targeted that night, however, we believe Temesgen was an innocent victim in this tragic event and not the intended target. We offer our deepest condolences to Temesgen’s friends and family and are doing all we can to locate the accused.”
Anyone who has information about this incident, or who knows the whereabouts of ASFIHA, is asked to contact police by calling 403-266-1234. Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers through any of the following methods:
APP: “P3 Tips”
Fatal shooting in Radisson Heights
21 August 2022
We are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred in the community of Radisson Heights.
At approximately 4:40 a.m., today, Sunday, Aug. 21, 2022, we were called for reports of gunshots at the Ambassador Restaurant and Bar, located at 3504 17 Avenue S.E. Upon arrival, our officers located a man suffering from what appeared to be a gunshot wound and began life-saving measures. Sadly, the victim succumbed to his injuries on scene.
Witnesses reported hearing gunshots and then saw a man flee the scene. The male suspect is described as being approximately 30-years-old, 6’ 2” tall, with a medium build and short black hair.
Investigators continue to be on scene interviewing witnesses and searching for CCTV.
An autopsy for the victim is scheduled for 9 a.m., on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022.
Anyone who may have witnessed the shooting, or who was in the area at the time of the shooting, is asked to contact police by calling 403-266-1234. Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers through any of the following methods:
APP: “P3 Tips”
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