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Arrest Made in Edmonton Murder
Friend of victim had feared killer would stake out local bars
ONLINE:  TUESDAY FEBRUARY 29, 4:43 PM EST (GMT-5).

AN Edmonton man has been arrested in connection with the stabbing death February 14th of a 27-year old Mexican immigrant who came to Alberta for Mormon missionary work.

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Jamie Oliver Boyce, 24, was charged Sunday with second-degree murder and possession of an offensive weapon.  The victim had been killed in his downtown Edmonton apartment with a knife through the heart.  His body had been discovered by his ex-roommate.  A knife has been found in the apartment which police believe to be the murder weapon.

A motive has yet to be found but the accused and victim knew each other, according to a police statement reported in the Edmonton Sun today.

A friend of the victim told the Sun he was relieved that an arrest had been made.  He reportedly had been in fear that the killer would stake out local bars and return there for him.

"It was scary.  My friends were worried about me because maybe he has seen me out with [the victim]," the friend was quoted as saying.

The victim reportedly had been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  He had arrived in Edmonton in 1995 searching for missionary work.  A church friend told The Sun that he had begun working in a hotel in 1998 in order to save for post-secondary education.

The LDS Church is allegedly shocked to have discovered that their fellow Mormon was gay.  They reportedly paid for the return transportation of the man's body to Mexico.