The recent fatal stabbing of Danillo Canales Glenn in Copperfield has left a profound void in the hearts of family and friends who remember him as a compassionate and ambitious young man, an image they hope will overshadow the grim reality of the circumstances surrounding his passing.
Glenn, full of youthful vitality and altruistic spirit, was the kind of person who’d readily sacrifice his own needs for the sake of others, recounts his grandmother, Anne Ervin. She painted a picture of an 18-year-old who was on the cusp of embarking on a new journey in life, showing great enthusiasm for a welding program at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology.
Grappling with such a traumatic loss, Ervin shared that she was emotionally paralyzed, unable to reconcile with the sudden, shocking departure of her grandson. Alongside his loss, left behind are two younger siblings, a 17-year-old brother and a 15-year-old sister.
According to Glenn’s aunt, Crystal-Jade, he was a devoted older brother who not only held himself accountable for his actions but was always there to support his siblings. This, she attributes to their aunt Kathy’s diligent upbringing.
The tragedy unfolded on a Tuesday night when Glenn was assaulted at a local basketball court on Copperstone Road S.E. Witnesses report that around 8 p.m, Glenn and two companions were confronted by a pair of unidentified individuals, leading to a heated altercation. Glenn was attacked with bear spray and inflicted with multiple stab wounds.
Rushed to the hospital, Glenn succumbed to his injuries, turning into Calgary’s 13th homicide victim of the year 2023.
In the aftermath of this harrowing incident, a makeshift memorial crowded with flowers has sprung up at the basketball court. Friends and community members have been visiting the spot to pay their final respects, battling tears and disbelief.
Among the many mourners was Rosalle Painter who laid flowers on behalf of her son, a close friend of Glenn’s. The shock and sorrow was palpable in Painter’s voice as she articulated the struggle to cope with the tragic news, expressing profound empathy for the bereaved family.
As a mother herself, Painter grappled with understanding how such an unfathomable incident could occur. Her sentiments were echoed by the array of community members who had come to lay flowers, each one visibly distraught, trying to process the sudden loss of such a vibrant young life.
In a bid for justice in the face of this tragedy, Calgary police are on the hunt for two male suspects linked to the incident. The family members of the late Glenn too, are sending out a fervent appeal urging the culprits to surrender themselves to the authorities.
One of the suspects is described as a slim individual, between 16 and 18 years old, about 5’8″ in height, seen wearing a navy blue zip-up hoodie with a thin black stripe across the chest and back, black pants, and shoes.
His accomplice is similarly aged and built, with dark brown or black hair, brown eyes and was spotted wearing a light grey zip-up hoodie with a thin black line across the chest and back, black jeans, shoes and sporting a Gucci fanny pack across his chest.