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12 Nov 2016

Solomon Odekunle's Accused Killer Charged With 2nd-Degree Murder

                                  Joe Ndikuriyo                                          Solomon Odekunle
Joe Bryan Ndikuriyo, 27, has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of a 21-year-old international economics student from the University of Ottawa.
Ottawa police say Solomon Odekunle, originally from Nigeria, was stabbed to death at around 2:30 a.m. Sunday morning near the intersection of St. Laurent Boulevard and Ogilvie Road.

Staff Sgt. Bruce Pirt of the major crimes unit said police were working to determine a timeline of events, and called on any witnesses to come forward.

Investigators combed a crime scene in front of Piper's Bar and Grill, but said they didn't know whether the incident started there or resulted from a fight that started inside the bar.

In addition to the murder charge, Ndikuriyo was charged Monday with the attempted murder of another person. Police said that person, a friend of Odekunle's, required stitches.

Ndikuriyo appeared in court with a bandaged right hand Monday morning. Police said he was taken to hospital for medical treatment after he cut his hand during a fight.

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The victim, 21-year-old Solomon Odekunle, arrived in Ottawa in 2012 and was studying economics at the University of Ottawa. (Submitted)

Police said Ndikuriyo is an Ottawa resident and known to them.

He had served two weeks in jail for possession of a weapon.

Odekunle's killing is Ottawa's 17th homicide of 2016.

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