Former Calgary Stampeders player’s 2018 death now considered suspicious

Former Stamps defensive end was found dead in his home in September 2018

CCTV capture of the suspects. CITY OF CALGARY.

Four people are now suspected in the theft of valuable rings belonging to former Calgary Stampeders player Mike Labinjo.

Labinjo, 38, was found dead in his Calgary home on Sept. 21, 2018. At the time, police didn’t believe that the death was criminal in nature. 

Later, family members reported many personal belongings were missing.

Further investigation concluded that many items were stolen immediately after his death. This includes sports memorabilia such as two distinct football championship rings with “LABINJO” written on the side.

Labijno’s missing rings. CALGARY POLICE SERVICE 

As a result, the death is now considered suspicious, according to the Calgary police.

The police are asking for the public’s help to identify the suspects and their whereabouts. Investigators believe the suspects may also have information on Labinjo’s death. CCTV captured photos of people they believe have information in Labinjo’s death.

Two of the four people considered suspects by the Calgary Police. CITY OF CALGARY. 

Labinjo was a kind, caring, loving and gentle person, said his brother Randy Labinjo. 

“I lost a part of myself that I can never regain … I will continue to remember all the memories we shared together,” Randy Labinjo wrote in a statement released by police.

Calgary police and the Labinjo family are asking anyone who has any information on the death to come forward by calling the non-emergency number at 403-266-1234, or the Homicide Unit Tip Line at 403-428-8877, or leaving an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers.

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