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A Vigil For Jaden Oman

Mother Patricia Yassie never expected a devastating event to happen to her again. “I never expected when my son said bye, that was going to be my last time seeing my son.”

On Sunday, July 4, 17-year-old Jaden Charles John Oman was murdered in an assault, allegedly at the hands of his best friend. Jaden was rushed to hospital early that Sunday morning but succumbed to his injuries five days before his 18th birthday and dreams of going to school.

Family and friends gathered in front of an Assiniboine Avenue apartment building near Hargrave Street, where Jaden Oman was killed, to hold a  candle vigil in his honour, to mourn together and cherish his life. Jaden was later brought to Churchill to be buried by his sister.

“He was a go-lucky person and ready to start his life,” said Patricia. “His life was just beginning and was taken too soon. He was very smart and intelligent.” Others described Jaden as a gentle and caring friend and family member who put others before himself.

A 19-year-old has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of Jaden Oman.

Jaden is survived by his girlfriend, a one-year-old daughter, and his parents.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of U Multicultural.

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