RCMP Confirms Death of Ottawa Man at Yellowknife House Party

In a press release on Sunday, the RCMP confirmed that a 20-year-old Ottawa man has dead in result of an altercation that took place in a house party in Yellowknife over the weekend. Emerson Curran worked for a small airline servicing the north, Air Tindi, while studying philosophy at the University of Ottawa.

RCMP reported receiving a 911 call from a house in Yellowknife’s Frame Lake South area on late Friday night. It mentioned in a press release that “a 20-year-old male was reported to be in need of medical attention after an altercation at a house party.” It was added that the “the male was transported to Stanton Territorial Hospital by ambulance and then transferred to Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton.”

A store manager at the Farm Boy in Orleans, Rob Willis, revealed that he had been working with Curran for eight months before Curran left for Yellowknife. He stated that “I closed [the store] the last night that Emerson was here. And I remember shaking his hand and saying good luck, and all the right things. … He was a quieter sort of guy that just did well with the people around him.” Willis added that “[he was] a smiling, happy, go-lucky guy. A lucky guy, a great young guy with a future, genuinely excited about his opportunity in Yellowknife and what he would learn and see from that experience. “We’re all very upset here and very sad. … Our thoughts and prayers are definitely going to his family and his friends.”

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