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Walk home from Calgary Stampede turns fatal for 20-year-old Eliah McEdwards

Eliah McEdwards was “an amazing brother” with a “big heart” who had recently moved to Calgary to start a new life, when that life was suddenly cut short by a hit-and-run driver.

It’s the second tragedy to strike the family in less than a year, said Kaylene McEdwards, who was struggling Monday to make sense of this most recent loss of a sibling.

“We love him so freaking much,” she said of her brother. “Words can’t describe how much we miss him.”

Eliah, who would have turned 21 in September, moved to Calgary a couple of months ago to join his brother and cousin in Alberta, Kaylene said.

He was walking home early Monday morning after a night out at the Calgary Stampede, she added, when he was struck and killed.

Kaylene fondly recalled her brother’s visits to her home in New Liskeard, Ont., as well as spending time milking cows with him at a family farm.

“He was such a loving and amazing person,” she said.

His death comes eight months after sister Katie McEdwards, 23, died in an incident east of Sudbury that Kaylene described as a “murder” but police had not confirmed as such.

In the most recent release available, the West Nipissing Police Service said it was investigating but “a cause of death has not been determined.” Reached Monday evening, police there would not provide an update on the case.

Police in Calgary said the fatal collision happened at the intersection of 16 Avenue and Barlow Trail NE at about 2:30 a.m. Monday.

Sgt. Colin Foster said a westbound vehicle was turning onto the southbound ramp when it struck and dragged a pedestrian between 20 and 30 metres, before swerving onto a grass median and fleeing the scene.

About five hours later, police located a Hyundai Santa Fe in the 2400 block of Vermilion Street NE that Foster described as a “vehicle of interest” but at press time had not made any arrests.

Kaylene said the family is anxiously awaiting updates from police, adding the driver had “better go to jail.”

Anyone with information is asked to asked to call police at 403-567-4000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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