Rows of flowers, a skateboard, pictures, a doll, a jersey and candles sit outside the place where Jamie Kehoe was stabbed to death just after midnight Friday night, after he and a friend tried to stop a fight between two women and a man.
Kehoe, 18, was stabbed after an altercation broke out on a bus near the intersection of 128 Street and 72 Avenue.
Police said Kehoe, a Surrey resident, tried to intervene, only to be stabbed in the upper chest by one of the participants.
He was taken to hospital where he died.
Investigators found a trail of blood, believed to be the suspect’s, running for blocks on the sidewalk along 128 Street. Police are now trying to secure surveillance footage that may help identify those responsible.
Chelsea Jewell was at the roadside memorial Tuesday morning, describing herself as “a friend of a friend.”
She said she’d heard Kehoe was a great guy, and felt extremely sorry for the loss.
Jewell said the slaying of young people is becoming far too common, noting in the last year Laura Szendrei, 15, was killed in Delta, Maple Batalia, 19, was shot dead in North Surrey, and now Kehoe, 18, was stabbed to death in Newton.
“And they were all great people,” Jewell said.
The roadside memorial contains several notes addressed to Kehoe.
“Baby, you are one of the most amazing people ever,” wrote Richelle Day. “I will never forget you and the memories we shared. You’re always on my mind. I miss you more than words can describe.”
And his younger sister Alyssa wrote, “I will love you forever.”
Another says, “We truly have been robbed of a wonderful loving friend. I miss you so much.”
Another candlelight vigil is scheduled for tonight (Tuesday) at 7 p.m. at the corner of 128 Street and 72 Avenue.
The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team is asking any witnesses who were on the bus or in the area on the evening of Oct. 8 and who have not yet spoken with police to contact the IHIT tipline at 1-877-551-IHIT(4448).