Brown’s Arm native a victim of homicide in Edmonton

Investigation ongoing in murder of 33-year-old Brent Coates

Published on June 19, 2017

Edmonton Police Service have confirmed Brent Coates, 33, originally from Browns Arm, Newfoundland is the city's 23rd homicide victim in 2017. Coates was stabbed in an alley June 16 and died of his injuries at the scene.

EDMONTON, ALTA. – A man from Brown’s Arm, N.L. has been identified as Edmonton’s 23rd homicide so far this year.

Brent Jonas Coates, 33, moved to Edmonton over a decade ago from the small central community and has been identified as the victim of a stabbing last week.

Edmonton Police Service (EPS) confirmed to the Pilot an unidentified male flagged down a passing police vehicle just before 3:30 a.m. Friday. The man told officers that another male had been stabbed in a nearby alley.  

Police located the injured male, later identified as Coates, and called for emergency medical services. However, police report Coates died on scene.

Edmonton Police Services have confirmed the incident was a homicide and say detectives continue to investigate the death. They have issued a plea for information to the public. 

“We would like to speak with anyone who had contact with Brent in the days leading up to his death,” said Staff Sgt. Duane Hunter of the EPS Homicide Section. 

“We continue to encourage anyone who has information about this homicide to contact police.” 

The family has established a GoFundMe page to help with the cost of the transportation and burial. 

Denise Norman of Fort MacMurray has been a friend of the family since childhood and helped start the fundraising efforts. She said despite the tragedy, bringing Coates home is now the focus for the family.  

Norman said the family plans to lay Coates to rest next to his mother, who died several years ago.

“I knew he would want to be next to his mom,” Norman told the Pilot. “He was really close to his mom, probably closer than anybody else. I know he’d just want to be resting next to his mom.” 

Anyone with information about this incident or what led up to the death of Coates are asked to contact the EPS at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at

Information on the GoFundMe page is available here: