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Kitchener stabbing victim member of UW football team

Last Updated Apr 16, 2018 at 6:46 pm EST

Photo from University of Waterloo football.

Police have identified the man who was killed in the Stanley Park area of Kitchener on Sunday morning.

The victim is 23-year-old Lam Diing, a wide receiver of the football team at the University of Waterloo.

Roly Webster, the Director of Athletics at the University says Diing will be missed.

” Lam was a teammate, warrior and a classmate. So with all those relationships, it makes it ten times harder”.

22-year-old Nicholas Salim Ndayisenga has been charged with one count of second degree murder and is due in court on Monday.

Police responded to a fight outside a Kenora Drive around 12:05 a.m. Sunday and found a man suffering from an alleged stab wound.

He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Cherri Greeno with Waterloo Regional Police Services says this wasn’t a random attack.

“The victim and accused were known to each other.”

A GoFundMe page has been set up for Diing.

The Commissioner of the Canadian Football League Randy Ambrosie sent his best regards after the death.

“The sudden loss of one so young is a tragedy for his community, teammates and most of all, his family & friends. Our sympathies are with them,” he said.

The University of Waterloo issued a statement on it as well.

“Lam’s passing will be felt by our entire campus community and most directly by the members of our football program,” says U-W President and Vice-Chancellor Feridun Hamdullahpur, “Our hearts go out to Lam’s family. The University will provide any and all assistance it can to them in their time of grief.”

Diing was a third-year student-athlete. The Director of Athletics and Recreation at Waterloo, Roly Webster, adds “The connection Lam had to many of his fellow student-athletes and coaches is why this is devastating to so many of us.”

“We will now need to draw on the collective strength of the Warrior family to support each other as we grieve this loss.”

“Lam was a tremendous student athlete who made those around him better with his work ethic and glowing smile,” added Chris Bertoia, head coach of Waterloo’s football program. “The Waterloo football family expresses our deepest sympathies to those who knew Lam, who will be forever missed on and off the field.”

They also provided numbers for grieving students to call.

  • Counselling Services – 519-888-4567 ext. 32655
  • Here 24/7 – 1-844-437-3247
  • Health Services – Student Medical Clinic – 519-888-4096
  • Grand River Hospital – 519-749-4300
  • St. Mary’s Hospital – 519-744-3311
  • Good2Talk – 1-866-925-5454
  • Crisis Services Canada – 1-833-456-4566 or by text 45645
  • Employee and Family Assistance Provider (Homewood Health): 1-800-663-1142
  • Occupational Health: Linda Brogden at ext. 36264 or Karen Parkinson at ext. 30338

Police are continuing to investigate. Anyone with information is asked to call the Major Crime Branch at 519-570-9777 ext. 8661 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.