A man brutally beaten earlier this month while in the Calgary Remand Centre has died.
Alvin Chiniquay, 40, was on suicide watch when sources say he was attacked by a fellow inmate Sept. 9.
It’s believed he was arrested for shoplifting just days before the attack.
Sources told Global News he was in a cell with a known violent criminal when the unprovoked attack happened.
His family was too shaken to speak, asking Chiniquay’s long-time lawyer to comment on their behalf.
Chiniquay’s family said he has had a rough life. His mother died when he was just ten-years-old. From that moment on, his life was never the same. He struggled with addictions and got into a vicious cycle of petty crime to support his habits.
But his family told Global News he was not violent and can’t comprehend why he was attacked.
“The fact of the matter was: he was in government care. He was supposed to be under an ongoing watch because he was suicidal and this is what has happened to him during that time,” his long time defence lawyer Joan Blumer said.
Chiniquay was openly gay. His family said they can’t help but wonder if this was a hate crime.
“They have wondered if it’s because of his lifestyle,” Blumer said. “If there was any consideration for that before he was assaulted or why he was being assaulted or that was any kind of motivation, then certainly that’s another factor that I would say increases the severity of the consequences for whoever it is that perpetrated this.”
Global News has learned the suspect in the case has a history of violence.
Sources have identified Marlon Ledesma as the inmate who was in the cell with Chiniquay when the beating happened, and suggest he will likely face a murder charge.
Alberta Justice won’t comment on the case, but told Global News there will be an internal investigation.