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Published On: Mon, Dec 31st, 2012

John Hollar, man beaten on Edmonton train, dies in hospital

A man has died Sunday in the hospital after being viciously beaten in front of about a dozen witnesses on an Edmonton LRT train last Friday.

John Hollar

John Hollar

“It looked like just some little scrap between two people … but then it kind of escalated. One guy was, like, telling the other one ‘stop, stop,stop, stop,’” said Scott McLeod, who was in the train car when the attack began.

Homicide Det. Colin Derkson says John Hollar, 29, was assaulted by another man shortly after the northbound train left Coliseum station.

The train stopped at Belvedere station, letting other passengers off, but the two men remained.

“The doors closed. The suspect was still assaulting the victim,” said Ron Gabruck, director of operational support for Edmonton Transit.

“I was kind of surprised that the train didn’t just stop at Belvedere. I was expecting some kind of voice to come over the system, to tell people not to get on the train,” McLeod said.

The security systems on the train worked as they were meant to. Passengers alerted the driver of the attack through a phone located in the car.

Jeremy Newborn, 29, is charged with aggravated assault, but police say those charges will now be upgraded to second-degree murder.

 

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