Police charge man with first degree murder in city's latest homicide


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Edmonton homicide detectives have charged a 34-year-old man with first degree murder in connection with the city’s fourth homicide of 2021.

Police were called to a home near 139 Avenue and 35 Street at approximately 8:30 a.m. Wednesday where they found 38-year-old Peter Boakye, according to a police press release. He was severely wounded. He was taken to a hospital where he later died.

An autopsy found that he had died from a sharp force injury, according to police. Officers later released surveillance footage to appeal for help identifying a man in the area at the time. The footage showed a man walking with something resembling a knife.

On Saturday, detectives arrested and charged Aston Gyasi, 34, of Edmonton, with one count of first-degree murder.

An online fundraising page posted Friday said Boakye was a “charismatic person that welcomed everyone” who “lit up the room with his presence.”

The page was seeking to raise money for funeral costs. Efforts to contact the creator were unsuccessful.

The page said Boakye was a loving father whose wife is expecting a child.

— With files from Jonny Wakefield

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