Hundreds of friends and acquaintances have reacted with sorrow, anger, sadness and fond memories after it was confirmed Sunday evening that a Kelowna teenager who was stabbed last week has died.
Elijah-Iain Beauregard, 16, was stabbed last Thursday night in downtown Kelowna, and his father, Robyn Beauregard, confirmed the worst in a heartfelt post on social media Sunday evening.
“I regret to announce that my son, Elijah-Iain Beauregard, has passed away at 6:45 p.m. today . . . my l’il man’s with the angels now,” read the post on Facebook.
Kelowna RCMP said in a press release following the incident they continue to probe the circumstances surrounding a “knife assault” that left the victim with life-threatening injuries.
At 11:24 p.m. Thursday, RCMP responded to a report of a stabbing in the 200 block of Bernard Avenue near Water Street. Police said they located the victim, who had suffered life-threatening injuries.
More than 260 comments were left by family, friends and acquaintances on Robyn Beauregard’s Facebook page following his confirmation of the death of his son.
“Wow . . . this is heartbreaking . . . condolences to you and your family,” read one post. “Praying for justice.”
“He was strong willed, brave as they came tough and strong in a little package just like his dad and loved to skateboard and wanted to be a rapper. I’m so sorry Rob. This is horrible. No parent should outlive their child ever,” read another post.
Another post stated, “Your son was part of my life for a short time, but he touched my heart. I wish I could have known him longer such a kind soul. He will be missed.”
Beauregard responded with a heartfelt thanks to all the people who have shown support.
“Thank you everyone for your condolences and prayers, thoughts, positive vibes. I think he felt all of that and it helped him fight to the last moment.”
On Saturday, police said a person was taken into custody in the stabbing, but was released pending the ongoing investigation.
Beauregard’s family has scheduled a joint news conference with RCMP Tuesday morning.
“Police believe that the suspect and victim were known to each other and that the general public is not at any risk. As such, the incident is being considered an isolated event, not a random attack,” said Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey of the Kelowna RCMP.
The investigation continues. Anyone with any additional information is asked to contact the Kelowna RCMP or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.