18-year-old charged with murder of Baljit Singh Bhamra of Edmonton

By Slav Kornik

EDMONTON – An 18-year-old man was charged with murder Friday in the case of a man found dead in a north Edmonton apartment building Tuesday.

Police have identified the victim as 49-year-old Baljit Singh Bhamra.

His body was found in the hallway of a building at 4908 134 Ave. in the Sifton Park neighbourhood at around 6:15 a.m.

The cause of death is not being released.

Donovan Howard Wentworth, 18, is accused of second-degree murder.

This is the second time in less than two weeks a body has been found in the apartment complex.

On Saturday, Nov. 23, Crystal Corinne Bruce’s body was found inside the Wyndham Crossing apartment building.

A day later Ashlee Dawn Bruce was charged with second-degree murder, possession of an offensive weapon and assault with a weapon in connection with a death.

The Wyndham Crossing apartment complex has been in the news several times in recent years. A fire gutted several suites in 2010, and in 2013 a roof collapse occurred in one of the buildings.

Last year, Edmonton police worked with the complex to address rampant mail theft. Two months after security measures were put in place, police said crime went down 85 per cent.

Despite the reduction in crime, the two recent deaths has at least a couple of residents concerned for their safety and the safety of their families.

“It looks like every other day now something is going wrong…every other day,” said Stephen Wanjala.

“The children [are] very scared. They didn’t sleep you know. All the time [they] watch out the window outside,” Sam Saleh said. “It’s a very dangerous area.”

Police said they do not believe the deaths are related.