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(Posted 12:30 a.m., Aug. 26)
Orléans man dies after apparent altercation in Yellowknife

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

For the second time in less than five months Orléans has lost an aspiring young man to a senseless act of violence.

Emerson Curran. 20, died on Sunday as a result of injuries he received while attending a house party in Yellowknife where he was working as a summer student.

The St. Peter High School grad had been working as a float plane dock hand with a regional airline and was planning to return to Ottawa on Saturday to continue his studies at the University of Ottawa where he was entering his third year in philosophy.

According to media reports, the RCMP were called to a house shortly after midnight on Friday where "a young man" was reportedly in need of medical attention after an altercation at the party. Curran was immediately transported to a local hospital before being flown to the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton where he was pronounced dead on Sunday.

The RCMP are treating the death as suspicious pending the outcome of their ongoing investigation.

News of Curran's death was met with utter shock by everyone who knew him. He was a model student at St. Peter High School where he was a member of the school football team.

Curran is the son of former Orleans Star and Orleans Weekly Journal editor Michael Curran and Catrina Gosselin Curran who is well known for her volunteer work with the St. Peter School Council. He has three younger siblings Graeme, Liam and Lauren. The family is extremely tight knit.

After graduating from St. Peter High School in 2011, Curran enrolled at the University of Ottawa Over the past two years he managed to maintain a close relationship with several of his former teammates including Kristian Lawrence who posted the following message on his Facebook page. "One of the best men I know, my brother,... Take care of him Lord, words cannot describe how much you will be missed Emerson Curran. I love you man."

He also recently started a relationship with Jillian Gummo who he met while they were both working at the Orléans Farm Boy. Gummo last spoke to Curran on Friday night. During their phone conversation he mentioned the party, but said he wasn't sure he was going to go.

He called again after she had fallen asleep and left a message saying that he loved her and that he would call again on Saturday. Unfortunately he never got the chance.

In May, another 20-year-old, Michael Wassill, died after his throat was slashed while trying to protect a female friend from a former boyfriend who broke into his Queenswood Heights home. Wassill was a former student at Sir Wilfrid Laurier High School.

Emerson Curran in a recent picture with girlfriend Jillian Gummo.

In May, another 20-year-old, Michael Wassill, died after his throat was slashed while trying to protect a female friend from a former boyfriend who broke into his Queenswood Heights home. Wassill was a former student at Sir Wilfrid Laurier High School.

(Editor's note: As a friend and forner colleague of Michael Curran and his wife Catrina, I am deeply sadden by the death of their son Emerson who I've known since he was a baby. Mike and I both worked together ar the Orleans Star and we stayed in contact ever since we both left the paper in the late 90s usually on the sidelines of a football field where Mike was a constant fixture watching his son play for the Knights. Emerson was a well-liked, honest, respectful young man who wouldn't hurt a flea and its mind-boggling that he would die as a result of an "altercation". This is a senseless senseless loss and a terrible tragedy.)

(This story was made possible thanks to their generous support of our local business partners.)

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