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‘Loving son’: Calgary police ID victim in Inglewood fatal assault

The family of a 39-year-old Calgary man said they’re still in “complete shock” over his death at an Inglewood residence in what police say was a random assault.

On Tuesday, Calgary police released the identity of the victim in a stabbing in the 1000 block of 9 Avenue SE on Saturday. He’s been identified as 39-year-old Edward Brett Davidson. He was known by his family as Brett.

According to police, they believe Davidson lived in a nearby building and was confronted in the hallway by a man who was related to another tenant. Police said the Davidson was attacked by the suspect with a knife.

Investigators said they don’t believe the two men had ever met before. 

After the attack, the suspect fled the area and Davidson stumbled out to the street where he collapsed, police said. Numerous witnesses stopped to try and help Davidson, police said. He later died of his injuries in hospital.

Dozens of officers were a part of trying to identify the suspect. Several hours later a suspect was arrested by Calgary police. Cory Carl Miklic (Szabo) 41, has been charged with manslaughter. He will appear in court Aug. 31

The Victim Assistance Support Team (VAST) is a free service offered to all victims of crime, including witnesses, and can be reached at 403-428-8398, or toll-free at 1-888-327-7828. The Calgary Distress Centre also offers free crisis counselling and can be reached by calling 403-266-4357 or 211.

“This was a tragic, senseless death that did not have to happen. The suspect is known to police and we are actively advocating he remain in custody to ensure public safety,” said Staff Sergeant Martin Schiavetta of the CPS Homicide Unit.

“To Brett’s family and friends, our deepest condolences and our promise that we will do all we can to hold the accused accountable.”

Family statement released

Davidson’s family released a statement Tuesday.

Brett Davidson. COURTESY CPS

‘Our family is in complete shock and despair over this sudden and tragic incident. Words cannot explain the pain, hurt, heartache, and impact this loss will forever have on our family and friends. It is of the utmost importance to our family that the world knows and recognizes Brett for who he was and how his infectious smile and big heart will be eternally missed. 

Brett’s life revolved around his close-knit family and many friends. A loving son, profound older brother, and caring confidant, Brett was always there to support those that needed him. His open and honest words of wisdom were sure to resonate and influence those to live life to the fullest, lead by example, and always stand up for what was right. Brett’s kind-hearted demeanour, yet competitive nature, always drew people in to get to know him. Brett’s love for the outdoors fuelled his hobbies and interests, sharing this passion with his family, friends, and dog. Being outdoors was his sanctuary. 

Born and raised on Vancouver Island, Brett recently relocated to Calgary in search of a new adventure. From his youth as an athlete and coach, serving his country in the Navy, Brett was a well-travelled man whose kind soul and passion for life were felt far and wide. This loss is a tragedy and has left a void in the hearts of all of us lucky enough to call him a friend, brother, and son—he can never be replaced.

Our family is extremely thankful for the efforts of staff from F45 Training who assisted our son following the attack; first responders; medical staff; and the Calgary police. 

We ask that the media respect our privacy to allow the family to grieve during this tragic time.’

Anyone with additional information on this crime can call police at 403-266-1234.