The Gatineau night club where Sheldon O’Grady went to party with some friends has issued their condolences to the family of the slain Algonquin student.
Club Addiction on Promenade du Portage issued a news release on Jan. 7 outlining the events that led to the death of the 18-year-old.
The club’s security staff is believed to have responded to an argument between O’Grady and another 18-year-old Ottawa man who was ultimately charged with his death.
The argument continued after the two were thrown out of the club and O’Grady was stabbed multiple times on the street.
“Following the unfortunate events that occurred last weekend, Club Addiction would like to extend its deepest condolences to the O’Grady family and friends,” a statement on the club’s Facebook page read Jan. 8.
Mourners took to the club’s Facebook page in the days following the incident, lambasting the ownership for opening the day after O’Grady’s death and criticizing security.
“I along with many others believe that this incident calls for strict pat downs,” a Facebook user identified as Bezzy Evraire posted, “If these were in place and the knives were found beforehand this whole situation would have been solved and my friend would still be alive. Simply carrying on, opening the club the same day and not changing a thing is not only embarrassing for yourselves, but is a sign of blatant disrespect to Sheldon and his family. Time to reassess and make some major changes.”
The club asked mourners to focus on the family of O’Grady.
“Rest assured that security acted according to protocol and in the best interest of its patrons' safety,” the club’s statement reads. “While we understand that it is human nature to start pointing fingers when such an appalling event occurs, we would like to ask everyone to join us in directing their thoughts towards mourning and respect for Mr. O'Grady, his family and his friends.”
Gatineau police continued their search for the weapon on Jan. 8 and asked that anyone with information about the incident call 819-243-2346, ext. 6677.
RESPONSE FROM THE COLLEGE
Shelley Styles, the director of Algonquin College’s student support services, said a tragic event response team has already been in contact with some of O’Grady’s classmates and teachers.
The team is made up of counsellors from the college’s student support services.
“The first thing we did on Monday was to visit with Sheldon’s classmates and teachers for a kind of debriefing,” Styles said. “Because he was also heavily involved in soccer we have met with his teammates and coaches too.”
Styles said members of the college’s students’ association had also planned to attend the wake and funeral.
“We also plan to offer ongoing support because everyone deals with loss in their own time and in their own way,” she said.
The college and O’Grady’s alma matter, Immaculata Catholic High School, flew their flags at half mast to honour his memory on Jan. 7.