Victim and suspect identified in Banff nightclub homicide

The 26-year-old victim of a homicide at a Banff nightclub that occurred early Friday morning has been identified by police.

Banff resident Ethan Enns-Goneau was killed after an altercation at a local bar, the Dancing Sasquatch.

Police were called just before 2:30 am on Friday to the drinking establishment on Banff Avenue. Enns-Goneau was taken to hospital but was declared deceased.

John-Christopher Arrizza, a 22-year-old Banff resident, has been charged with second-degree murder, according to a Saturday news release from RCMP.

Arrizza remains in custody and will appear in Canmore court on Aug. 10, the release said.

The Alberta RCMP Major Crimes unit is continuing to investigate the homicide.

Community in shock

Enns-Goneau had played rugby during high school with the Banff Bears team. While Enns-Goneau did not continue playing after graduation, he remained “a fixture on the sidelines, supporting the club and his friends from him from the stands,” the Banff Bears Rugby Club said in a text to CBC News.

“His loss is felt not only through the club but throughout the community,” the team said.

Corrie DiManno, Major of Banff, says the tight-knit community is reeling in the aftermath of the homicide.

“We are shocked, angry, and heartbroken that a senseless act has robbed us of a cherished local in the prime of his life,” DiManno said in a video statement issued Friday evening.

“As Banffites, we always rally to take care of each other in difficult times so I know we will come together to offer our support and comfort to his family and friends.”

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