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(Posted 9:30 p.m., Aug. 30)
Yellowknife man charged with manslaughter in the death of Emerson Curran

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Police have charged a 23-year-old Yellowknife man in the beating death of Orléans resident Emrson Curran. Photo courtesy of Jillian Gummo.

A 23-year-old Yellowknife man has been charged with manslaughter in the death of Orléans resident Emerson Curran during a house party in the Northwest Territories capital last Friday.

The RCMP arrested Roman Bourque on Thursday after interviewing more than 100 people, some of whom were at the party and others who may have information about a possible connection between the two men.

According to a report published on a local Yellowknife news and information website on Thursday, Curran was involved in an altercation with another man in which he hit his head.

When the RCMP and paramedics arrived shortly after midnight, Curran had gone into cardiac arrest as a result of brain trauma. He never regained consciousness and was eventually taken off life support when it was determined there was no chance of recovery.

Curran had spent the summer working in Yellowknife as a float plane deckhand. He was scheduled to return to Ottawa on Sunday to continue his studies at the University of Ottawa in philosophy.

After returning to Ottawa with his son's body on Thursday, Michael Curran issued the following statement.

"This is a loss of unimaginable proportions," said his father in a statement.

"Emerson was such as thoughtful, intelligent and loving son, brother and friend. Many months ago, in a conversation with his mother, Emerson expressed his philosophy on life and also talked about organ donation. In our immense struggle to make sense of this tragedy, we ask that other sons, daughters and families have a talk about organ donation. We believe that Emerson's end will help sustain the future of many others. His gift is giving us a glimmer of goodness and hope."

A group of Emerson's friends are arranging a get together at Jonny Canuck's in Orléans this Sunday to celebrate his life. The event gets underway at 1 p.m.

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