Calgary Sun Article - July 25, 2005
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
July 24th 2005
Another Birthday without YOU, my precious Aaron…
Every breath I take… every step I make, missing you…
Today you are 20… it has been 706 days since you left this earth…
My heart bleeds… still no JUSTICE…
THE CALGARY SUN July 24th 2005
By Mike D’Amour
Grieving mom seeks justice
City mother still seeks son’s killer
Police admit one murder suspect dead
While a mother continues to crave justice for her son murdered in a violent brawl, cops admit one suspect is dead, gunned down outside a downtown bar.
Aaron Shoulders died after being beaten and stabbed Aug. 17, 2003, by a mob of men outside NYLA, a nightclub at 1 ST. and 12 AVE. S.W.
The 18-year-old died in Hospital 15 days later. No one has been arrested for the murder.
Police were looking at John Pheng, a gangster they say committed at least one murder before he was gunned down in a shootout, said Staff Sgt. Barry Cochran of homicide unit.
“Pheng certainly was a person of interest, someone we were looking at,” said Cochran.
Pheng was a 23-year old gang enforcer, who was feared on the streets.
He was killed February at the Shaken Drink Room, after a fight broke out between two groups at 17 Ave. S.W. bar.
Cops say Pheng is the man responsible for murdering 18-year-old Tay “Jason” Dang in a Jan. 1, 2004, stabbing murder.
The question is whether or not he was also responsible for Shoulders stabbing death.
Shoulders would have turned 20 today. Now instead of throwing a party for her son, Steffi Stehwien is hoping someone will call the cops and bring her boy’s killer to justice.
Stehwien said she’s convinced there are witnesses who could put the finger on the person who killed her son.
“Before Aaron died, he told me from his Hospital bed he was attacked by a dozen Asian men, and the stabbed with a single thrust of a knife,” Stehwien said.
“People saw that attack, in fact, I know some of the witnesses went to school with Aaron, but they say they’re too scared to tell what they know.
“A murderer could be brought to justice with a phone call to police, but no one will make that call”.
That’s the hurdle in Shoulders’ death and some of the other 11 unsolved murders in 2004 and 2005.
If you have any information about any unsolved murder, call the gang hotline at 206-8191 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
PLEA FOR HELP … Steffi Stehwien, mom of murdered teen Aaron Shoulders, is asking witnesses to come forward.