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'Beautiful soul' lost

Osborne stabbing victim remembered

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A Winnipeg family is mourning the death of a person who always made them his first priority.

Winnipeg police have identified Baljinder Singh Sidhu, 27, as the person who died on Friday shortly after being stabbed outside an Osborne Street bar.

In a statement sent to the Free Press on Saturday, Sidhu’s family said he was "a loving son, brother, uncle, cousin and friend.

"Anyone that knew Baljinder will never forget him," the family said.

"He will be deeply missed and forever remembered for his big heart and beautiful soul."

The family said Sidhu was "very proud of his roots and his family. He had a great sense of humour and he always loved to bring a smile to everyone’s face.

"Baljinder was the type of person you could turn to when you needed to talk to someone. He was a charismatic person who always made his family his first priority and loved to spend his time entertaining them, especially his younger cousins, nephews and nieces."

Winnipeg police said they responded to reports of a large number of people fighting at Stradbrook Avenue and Osborne Street on Friday at 2:35 a.m.

Police said once there they found an injured man who was rushed to hospital in critical condition, but died shortly after.

Sidhu was the city’s 24th homicide of the year.

He was born in Winnipeg on April 22, 1984, the son of Gurdip and Mukhtiar.

He went to Tyndall Park Community School, Stanley Knowles Junior High, and graduated from Sisler High School in 2002.

The family said Sidhu was at the University of Manitoba working towards a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminology when he put his studies on hold following the sudden death of his older brother, Rajvinder, in 2006.

"Baljinder was devastated when Raju passed away unexpectedly due to health complications," they said.

"To this day, he continued to celebrate Raju’s life and mourn his death with his family, friends and especially with his sister Rani."

The family said Sidhu was "enjoying the company of his family and friends" in the days before his death.

Family friend Baldev Bedi described Sidhu as "a happy guy.

"He was good to talk to. He was amicable. But his brother’s death really devastated him and the whole family. But life was going on for him."

Bedi said Sidhu’s brother died suddenly about five years ago in India where his family had gathered to celebrate his wedding.

Bedi said Sidhu was currently working at his brother-in-law’s business, where he was managing the office.

"He was pursuing his career. This is such a tragic case."

Police want anyone with any information on the incident or suspects to call investigators at 986-6509 or Crime Stoppers at 786-TIPS (8477).

kevin.rollason@freepress.mb.ca

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