Not only has Western University seen a recent surge in alleged sexual assault and rape cases over the past week, but it looks like a first-year student was also fatally assaulted near campus.
In the early hours of Saturday morning, 18 -year-old Gabriel Neil from Simcoe was found seriously injured in the area of Western Road and Sarnia Road.
The police were called to the scene at 2 a.m. and rushed him to the hospital.
Neill later succumbed to his injuries on Sunday, launching a homicide investigation on his case.
22-year-old Aliyan Ahmed has been arrested in connection to the case and has been charged with one count of manslaughter.
Since his murder, his uncle released a statement on behalf of his family addressing the loss as reported by CBC.
The statement read: “We are absolutely devastated by the loss of Gabe. He was a gentle and kind soul who made friends wherever he went. He was excited to be starting his first year of Kinesiology at Western and had aspirations of one day becoming a doctor.”
Western’s University Student Council extended its condolences to Neil’s family in a statement, saying, “We know this tragedy will be difficult to process given how challenging the past few days have been for our student community,” referring to Neil’s death and the multiple allegations of sexual assault.
Neil’s family also thanked Western University’s staff, the London Police Service, paramedics and the ER staff at London Health Sciences Centre at Victoria Hospital.