Dozens of flower bouquets, stuffed animals and messages of gratitude and condolence have been left outside the walk-in clinic where Dr. Walter Reynolds was murdered on Monday. Photo by PAUL COWLEY/Advocate staff

Central Alberta Sudanese community expresses sorrow for doctor’s death

Sudanese community condemns killing of doctor and offers sympathies to his family

Central Alberta’s Sudanese community has reached out to the family of Dr. Walter Reynolds to express its sympathies and sorrow and to condemn his killing.

“We … emphatically express our sincere condolences to the family of Dr. Walter Reynolds,” says Justin Jukeria, chairman of the Sudanese Community of Central Alberta, in a statement.

“We want the family of Dr. Reynolds to know that we are deeply sorry for your loss, and we share in your pain. Dr. Reynolds was one of the best doctors in our beloved city of Red Deer,” says Jukeria.

“He was fabulous and a loving physician who had served our community and the wider Red Deer community with integrity, care, compassion, selflessness and dignity.”

Jukeria says the community was “shocked and dismayed” by the killing of Reynolds, a married father of two young girls who was attacked and fatally wounded in his medical walk-in clinic on Monday.

Deng Mabiour, 54, has been charged with first-degree murder, as well as two counts of assault for attacking a responding police officer and another doctor at the Village Mall Walk-In Clinic.

“As a Sudanese community, we denounce the killing of a doctor, harm or disrespect to any caring professional in any circumstance. For this reason, we condemn this killing in the strongest terms possible,” says the statement.

The Sudanese community supports the RCMP’s effort to fully investigate the crime, said Jukeria.

“Our community is keen to know what transpired between Dr. Walter Reynolds and Deng Mabiour. We appreciate proper psychiatric examination of Mabiour’s mental state as we move forward with the legal process and we strongly believe in the Canadian legal system.

“We pray for comfort and strength during this difficult time of your life,” he said to the family.

“We also thank our law enforcement officers, first responders and the entire team handling this matter.”

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