Woman stabbed to death identified as case worker of teenage suspect

Oct 28 2019, 10:06 pm

The woman who was stabbed to death in the early hours of Friday morning has been identified as 47-year-old Deborah Onwu, who had been a professional care worker for Alberta Occupational Health and Safety.

She had been found dead at the scene when emergency crews arrived to the 1800 block of 27th Avenue SW just before 3 am on October 25.

A few hours after the stabbing, police located and arrested a suspect who has now been identified as 18-year-old Brandon Newman.

CPS states that Onwu had been Newman’s case worker and that she had been supporting him at his assisted living residence.

“At some point before the incident, it is believed that a verbal and physical confrontation occurred between the man and Onwu, during which Onwu was stabbed,” the release states.

Newman has been charged with second-degree murder and will appear in court on Friday, November 1.

As the investigation is still ongoing, anyone with any information on the incident is asked to contact the Calgary Police Service’s non-emergency number at 403-266-1234.

Tips can also be left anonymously through Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-8477 or online through their website.