Police are asking for witnesses to come forward following the death of a Calgary woman who was found badly beaten nearly a week ago outside a bank in the northwest community of Brentwood.
Officers were called after a security guard found a woman in distress outside the bank on Northland Drive N.W. at around 1:20 a.m. on Feb. 22. Trisheena Simon, 28, died in hospital two days later from massive head injuries.
Calgary police have ruled her death a homicide. Investigators said Simon lived a transient lifestyle and that she had spent some time in emergency shelters.
“From the timeline we put together, where someone might have seen her was potentially overnight, early morning of the 20th, 21st at one of the emergency shelters in the city,” Insp. Don Coleman said.
Investigators do not believe the attack was random and are asking anyone with information on the events leading up to her death to come forward.
“There’s been some people identified that we have interviewed. There’s more to do, obviously,” Coleman said.
“We’re really appealing to anybody that, in particular, would have had some dealings with, or knows who Trisheena would have been hanging around with.”
Her stepfather, Ricky Peigan, told Global News a wake was being held for his daughter Monday evening.
He confirmed Simon’s mother is Cheryl Wendy Simon, who died in custody in 2014 in Maskwacis.
Cheryl Simon was arrested and put in a holding cell. She was found unresponsive early the next morning and was brought to hospital where she died April 15, according to provincial records.
A public fatality inquiry for Cheryl Simon is planned but has yet to be scheduled.
“Everyone has a story. Everyone is a human being and deserves to be listened to and not to be judged,” said Debbie Newman, the executive director with the Calgary Drop-In Centre.
“There are many individuals who suffer from trauma that horrific life experiences have brought them to shelter.”
You can contact police using the Homicide Unit tip line at 403-428-8877, or the police non-emergency line at 403-266-1234. You can also contact Crime Stoppers anonymously by phone at 1-800-222-8477 or through the website.
With files from John Himpe