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News - All - 2 Feb 2019

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Veterans: 2 Feb 2019
Police hunt for suspect in fatal Cambridge shooting

Waterloo Regional Police are investigating the homicide of Kurt McKechnie, who was killed Thursday in Cambridge. - Facebook

CAMBRIDGE Friends of a 56-year-old man gunned down at a Cambridge housing complex say they're stunned by his slaying and are hoping his killer will be brought to justice.

Kurt McKechnie was shot multiple times early Thursday morning at a Region of Waterloo subsidized housing complex on Southwood Drive.

Police haven't made any arrests in the killing. People who knew McKechnie say they've been rattled by the crime and want answers.

"We're all flipping out about this. It's very upsetting," said Pete Jones, a friend who used to do contracting work with McKechnie.

"I'm still in shock over it. Everybody is. Kurt was just the nicest guy, he wouldn't even harm a fly."

McKechnie, a military veteran who served overseas for the Canadian Forces, had a reputation as a gentle guy who would go out of his way to help his friends whether it was helping to build a deck or move patio stones.

"He was a hell of a good guy," Jones said. "He was a very generous man. If you needed help with something, he'd be the first one to jump out of his seat."

McKechnie reportedly suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and had a prescription for medicinal marijuana. He drew a military pension, and one theory is that he was shot in a botched robbery.

He didn't have children of his own, but helped raised his former partner's children. A tall man with a social personality, McKechnie liked to have beers in the backyard with friends and had a hearty laugh.

Waterloo Regional Police say an autopsy Friday confirmed that McKechnie died from gunshot wounds. They were called to the Surrey Gardens complex at around 6:25 a.m. Thursday.

"Upon arrival, police located a male suffering from serious injuries. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced deceased," police said, in a statement.

Investigators were looking into a surveillance video showing people leaving the townhouse complex shortly after gunshots were heard.

Detectives are looking to speak to several people who were seen in the area at the time. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 519-570-9777 ext. 8309 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

At a news conference Thursday morning, Const. Andre Johnson said multiple witnesses reported hearing gunshots early that morning.

"As a result of it being early in the investigation we're just appealing to any witnesses who might have seen people in the area, or any vehicles in the area at the time, to contact police, our major crime unit, or through Crime Stoppers," Johnson said.

Caution tape blocked off a number of homes in the complex as forensic identification officers appeared to be examining tire prints in a parking lot. Officers were also seen going door-to-door in the 68-home complex.

The death has left residents of the housing complex in shock, said Joe-Anne McComb, executive director of the not-for-profit Kinbridge Community Association, which has a centre in the complex.



-with files from Laura Booth

Greg Mercer Waterloo Region Record/Twitter/AA
 

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