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St. Albert boy, 15, mourned as EPS charges man with 2nd-degree murder

St.Albert residents are mourning the sudden death of a teenaged boy, which the Edmonton Police Service is investigating as a homicide. 

Police officers found Broden Radomske, 15, suffering from life-threatening injuries, after receiving reports of an injured youth near 137th Avenue and 184th Street around 9:30 p.m. MT Tuesday. He later died from his injuries, according to a news release from EPS on Thursday.

Keith James Landry, 40, was arrested shortly after the incident, police say. He is charged with second-degree murder in connection to the boy’s death, which homicide detectives are investigating.

Police believe Radomske and Landry knew each other.

CBC News identified Radomske as the victim after receiving information from one of his friends, who learned the circumstances of the teen’s death from Radomske’s grandmother.

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Radomske, 15, shown here, died from life-threatening injuries on Tuesday evening, police say. Keith James Landry, 40, was arrested and charged with second degree murder in connection to the boy’s death. (

The death of Radomske, a Grade 9 student at Lorne Akins Junior High School, has shaken the city.

The school’s student body is struggling to make sense of Radomske’s death, said Paula Power, communications manager for the St. Albert Public Schools.

“It’s been pretty devastating for everybody,” Power said, adding that at least six counselors were on hand at École Hillgrove School and Lorne Akins to help students process their feelings. 

The boy is being remembered as someone who enjoyed life, often smiled and had a great group of friends. He was “very active in the hockey community” and played basketball, too, she said.

“It’s hard to think of him being gone… It will leave a big hole,” she said.

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A small memorial was started in St. Alberta to honour Radomske. (Travis McEwan/CBC)

St.Albert resident Russ Vickers said he was shocked to hear of Radomske’s death.

“That’s a real hard one to swallow… I just said, ‘How can that be? What’s this world coming to?'” 

‘I just lost my best friend’

For 15-year-old Seth Mathisen, the loss of his best friend is still unbelievable. 

“I couldn’t believe it. I called him, texted him, trying to make sure it wasn’t true,” Mathisen told CBC News about his reaction early Wednesday morning, when he heard of Radomske’s death.

“I just lost my best friend and I’m never going to see him again.” 

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Seth Mathisen, shown left during a hockey game, wants people to remember Broden Radomske’s love for hockey. (Submitted by Seth Mathisen)

Mathisen wants people to remember Radomske’s love for hockey — a game they played together while growing up. But he will most remember his friend’s kindness, whether it was supporting him through the death of a grandparent or being a supportive moral compass.

If he could, he would thank Radomske, Mathisen said.

“Thank you for making me the person I am today,” he said. “Thank you for being there for me — being there for all the hard times I was going through.”

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