A 27-year-old accused of murder and a 19-year-old victim worked together at a Sundre fast-food restaurant, says Alberta RCMP.
Police confirmed Solaimane Elbettah, who has been charged with first-degree murder, worked at a McDonald’s restaurant with Josh Burns, who was found dead Tuesday.
Shortly after midnight on Tuesday, Sundre RCMP responded to the McDonald’s after being informed of the murder. When police arrived, they discovered Burns was dead on the scene.
The suspect was located close to the scene and was arrested without incident. He was charged with first-degree murder and was set to appear in court Wednesday morning.
“There is an ongoing police investigation on this tragedy, therefore at this time I have no comments other than our sincere condolences to his family and friends,” Sundre Mayor Richard Warnock said in an email to The Advocate.
“As a small community we all work together with the professionals and FCSS (Family Community and Social Services) to promote healing in support of mental health.”
McDonald’s Canada offered a statement on behalf of the franchisee organization, Chirp Foods Inc.
“We are shocked and deeply saddened by the tragic situation that occurred at our restaurant in Sundre. We are fully co-operating with the RCMP in their investigation. In addition, support services will be provided to all employees at this restaurant. Given this is an active investigation, we will make no further comments at this time.”