UPDATE: Roommate charged for St. Lucian’s murder in Canada

UPDATE: Roommate charged for St. Lucian’s murder in Canada
Kurlan Joseph
Kurlan Joseph

Police have charged one man in connection with the murder of a St. Lucian national in Calgary, Canada on Wednesday, May 1, 2013.

Haden Gidel Didier, 29, of a Calgary address has been charged with second-degree murder for the stabbing death of 25-year-old Kurlan Rick Joseph.

A report in the Calgary Herald newspaper quoted police as saying that Didier and Joseph knew each other and were residents of the apartment building in which the homicide was committed.

An autopsy has determined that stabbing was the cause of Joseph’s died.

Investigations by St. Lucia News Online revealed that before migrating to Canada, Joseph was training to become a police officer in the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force but he was disqualified for a criminal record.

He was a resident of Banse La Grace in Laborie and a student of the Banse La Grace Combined School and Choisuel Secondary School.

A press release from the Calgary Police Service Homicide Unit stated: “Just before 2 a.m. yesterday, Wednesday, May 1, 2013, police responded to a 911 call for a disturbance at a residence in the 6400 block of Travois Place N.W.

“When they arrived, police found one man who was pronounced dead at the scene. One man in the area was taken into custody for questioning. An autopsy determined Kurlan Rick Joseph, 25, of Calgary, died as a result of a stabbing. Haden Gidel Didier, 29, of Calgary is charged with one count of second-degree murder. He will make his first court appearance this morning, Thursday, May 2, 2013.”

 

Haden Didier (centre) being transported by police officers following the murder of his roommate Kurlan Joseph in Calgary, Canada. * Photo by Calgary Herald

The Calgary Herald newspaper quoted a Patricia Cardinal who disclosed that “she had just fallen asleep when she heard a scream from the building manager”.

Kurlan Joseph was a former St Lucia police officer.

The remainder of the Herald article is as follows:

“It was a blood-curdling scream, she was just crying hysterically,” Cardinal said.

When she went to investigate, someone told her to call police because there had been a stabbing.

The building manager’s father, Herb Mortimer, said police were recently called to the building.

“Last week there were two evictions because of stuff going on in there,” he said.

“It took the police quite a while to get them out of there, and finally they get them out of there and the next day they kicked (my daughter’s) door in and threatened to kill her and her husband. She’s been terrified ever since,” Mortimer said.

He said there were suspicions of drug activity in the building.

He learned of the death on the morning news and came to check on his daughter, who was uninjured.

The three-storey building was cordoned off with police tape Wednesday morning. The police forensic crime scene unit concentrated the search on the second level of the complex.

The death marks Calgary’s seventh homicide of the year.

SOURCES: Calgary Herald/Stephane Massinon, Calgary Police Service Homicide Unit and St Lucia News Online (SNO)

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  1. Hey sno I can prove you guys wrong 100000% on kj not being a police officer :/ he graduated as best recruit and worked at the laborie police station :/ innocent how could you give such false information! Secondly people who believe everything on the news are just plain stupid! Kj was not gay! He has been intimate with more than two women who testified at his trial! Only god knows why this sick bastard did this. Condolences to kjs family. Justice will be served!

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  2. Kurlan Rick Joseph died a horrible brutal tragic death...He is in the arms of an angel...End of story...The Devil come out of the mouth of the evil

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  3. It's a sad day indeed when someone is murdered, and more people are upset about his sexuality being brought into focus. Gay, Bi, Straight, we all bleed red, and in the end someone died.

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  4. i know what haden did was wrong and i never knew him to be a violent individual,there are 2 sides to every story and we will never get to hear the other side but even if someone is gay that does mean we shud discriminate God created us all equally and we shud all love each other.....it doesn't matter whether or not they were both gay am sure that they were both loved by their families and friend.....HADEN IS A FRIEND OF MINE AND IT DOESN'T MEAN THAT BECAUSE HE COMMITTED THIS CRIME THAT I WILL GIVE HIM RIGHT FOR IT,BUT EVEN IF HE IS GAY HE IS A LOVING,CARING AND FUN INDIVIDUAL...SO THINK ABT WHAT DROVE HIM TO DOING THIS,DONT START BOMBARDING HIM,MY CONDOLENCES GOES OUT TO THE YOUNG MAN WHO LOST HIS LIFE

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  5. There's no reason for all this drama, wether he's gay or not. May his soul rest in peace.

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  6. i Knew them both my booze partners every fri nite........Some people have no sence I want to know how the autopsy say Kurlan wasn't gay?????????? Kurlan family more hypocrite cuz they know very well how Kurlan got to Calgary. Kurlan is BI and at the time of his death was in a relationship with Haden.God Rest his soul he was a great guy fun to be around and it's sad that it ended that way. RIP KJ already missing u haven't been to the bar since. Haden also I know wat u feel and i'll be by u through it all and whatever the end result u still have a friend in me.......

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  7. i would have never imagined there was so much anger amongst stlucians. every other person has something bad to say about another lucian not realizing they are st lucians as well. everyone is entitled to share their opinion which does not necessarily represent the views of all lucians

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  8. OK everyone, BOTH of them were gay and in a relationship. They were planning their wedding in Banff, Canada and they had to keep it a secret because apparently St. Lucia does not accept LOVE no matter who it is between. The pressure that your culture puts on gays and lesbians to stay in the "closet" is disgusting. The way that you all shove the bible and its teachings out is crazy. I am a beleiver in Christ and his glory but I would not believe that someone should be abused and belittled for their sexual orientation. If you really want to lay blame and find the sinner maybe you should read the bible again and see that what you are saying and doing is wrong. Share the blame as this is a product of the environment. How about you spend more time on accepting people and nuturing the young instead of throwing stones. As for all the "women" that the deceased slept with......can you not see that this was a cover up. I can honestly say, St. Lucia, I will not be coming to visit. If I do it will be to fight for human equality and not enjoy the wonders that God graced you with. PS: I am not a lesbian but I have been married for 11 years with a familhy...I just feel that you are blind

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  9. Wtmc! I am a family member.ok.the autopsy results determined that kurlan was not gay.Dont u think the family would want to know?you get skeptical minding ppl business so well but u cant tell the media what ur profile is like...have some sympathy. Just cuz a guy is roomate to a gay guy ,dont mean he is on a down low too. I know my cuz and he disliked gays but if u dont have a choice then u tolerate certain things. Kurlan loved him some thin ladies . You ppl are paraites.u feed on rumours and spill it out whether it true or false moreover ppl will say whatever they want and it could happen to u. Those who supported,thank u and those dirty toung badmind ppl get a hobby plzzzz

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  10. Don't think the decease was gay. But in the world of today we never know.As others have said you can be gay and love women cuz I know all his brothers are womanizerS!!!!!!!!! so don't know whatto think of the situation but it is sad it came to death.

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  11. So sad! for our little country to be highlighted in this way. May also turn out to be a good thing too; people will find out about St. Lucia too! Boost for our tourism industry. Idiots: Have no regard for human life... Think, Think, Think before pulling a weapon.

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  12. Dont waste time judging others let the heavenly father do his work..Let he who is without sin cast the fist stone,for the wages of sin is death.we are all sinners just because someone sins differently doesn't mean your sin is better...DONT JUDGE.

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  13. YOU ARE A SO CALLED CHRISTIAN MOTHER GOING TO CHURCH ON SUNDAYS OR SATURDAYS BUT YOUR TEENAGE DAUGHTER WHO HAS HAD TEN DIFFERENT BOYFRIENDS THROUGHOUT HER TEENAGE YEARS, COMMITTING THE ACT OF LIMITLESS FORNICATION IS OK TO YOU BASED ON YOUR CHRISTIAN MORALS BUT GAYS LESBIANS AND SODOMITES ARE A DREADFUL DISTASTE TO YOUR MORALS.....YE HYPOCRITES...YOU PROMULGATE A FREE SEX WITHOUT MARRIAGE SOCIETY BUT A GAY YOU WILL STONE TO DEATH! THE TRUTH IS LIKE IN SODOM AND GOMMORAH IN THE LAST DAYS THERE WILL NOT BE TEN GOOD AND TRUE RIGHTEOUS MEN IN SOCIETY THAT WILL ESCAPE THE WRATH OF GOD....YOU ARE ALL SINNERS IN HIS EYES, REGARDLESS WHETHER YOU'RE ENJOYING YOUR PRE-MARRITAL SEX WITHOUT ANY REGARD FOR YOUR BELOVED BIBLE OR CAUGHT IN THE ACT OF SODOMY.....YE HYPOCRITES!!!!!

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  14. GOD CREATED A MAN FOR A WOMAN AND HIS WORD WILL STAND .WE CAN MAKE ALL THE EXCUSES FOR BEING GAY BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY IT IS WHAT THE WORD OF GOD SAYS THAT WILL STAND .GAY PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW THAT THEY CAN CHANGE FROM THEIR WAYS AND TURN TO A NEW LIFE IN JESUS CHRIST.

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    • Hopefully there is also NO EXCUSE for the LIMITLESS PHORNICATION (SEX BEFORE MARRIAGE) THAT IS PROMULGATED AND FREELY ACCEPTED BY SOCIETY....IN THE EYES OF GOD THEY ARE THE SAME SIN...ADULTRY AND SODOMY MAKES NO DIFFERENCE OF THE SAME BLATANT SIN. One sin is NOT better than the other....What did u think JESUS WROTE in the sand with his fingers before the Pharisees that were wanting to stone that dirty prostitute? I really wish some hypocrites would stop the limitless fornication in society the way they are willing and dying to stop Gays and sodomy....Being a true Christian is whole hearted not partial....so stop your biasness and hypocrisy! They are all the same offence against THE WORD OF THE CREATOR!

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  15. yeah all of yall feeling sympathy for dem in their nastiness. They love to hide behind the covrs to perform their dirty acts. no where in the animal world we see this xcept in humans are animals smarter dan us? i wonder dey get what dey deserve dat good

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  16. RIP Cuz... don't know what the circumstances were but someone is dead. While i don't subscribe to homosexuality I seriously don't know what the big debate is about.

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