Waterloo Warriors receiver Lam Diing was stabbed to death early Sunday morning after an altercation at a Kitchener residence.
Police were called to a home in a quiet residential neighbourhood just after midnight where they found a male suffering from a stab wound. He was taken to hospital where he later died.
The 23-year-old Diing played three seasons with the Warriors. He had seven catches for 89 yards and a touchdown last season and was invited to the CFL’s Ontario regional combine in March.
Diing, who was born in Khartoum, Sudan, came to Canada to escape the civil unrest and violence in his native homeland.
Waterloo Regional Police said they were called to a residence on Kenora Drive just after midnight for reports of an altercation outside the house.
Police said the victim and the accused were at the Kenora Drive residence for a get-together.
Nicholas Salim Ndayisenga, 22, faces a charge of second-degree murder in connection with Diing’s death. He appears in court on Monday.
Tributes have already started on social media and a GoFundMe campaign has been started to help Diing’s family with funeral expenses.
We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our own, Lam Diing.
May you Rest in Peace Lam. #ForeverAWarrior 🖤💛🏈
— UWaterloo Warriors (@WlooWarriors) April 16, 2018
“Life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you respond.” – Lam Diing
May you rest in peace bud. Kill it in the big football leages in heaven bro. You didn’t deserve this.
— matt (@mvtxne) April 15, 2018
Rest In Peace to Lam Diing 🙏🏻 one of the nicest, hardworking and driven people I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. Taken from this earth too soon. Prayers out to his family ❤️❤️
— Ziggy (@zmartin107) April 15, 2018
— Jason Hagholm (@JHagholm1) April 16, 2018
My condolences to @UWWarriorsFB and @ECI_Events on the tragic passing of Lam Diing. A great young man with a great smile and a willingness to learn, he made a great impact on many. He will be missed. Too soon my friend, thanks for the time we spent together.
— Kevin Horn (@RaiderFBcoach) April 16, 2018
Saddened to hear today of the death of Lam Diing, an @UWaterloo football player who had been invited to our ONT Regional Combine. The sudden loss of one so young is a tragedy for his community, teammates and most of all, his family & friends. Our sympathies are with them.
— Randy Ambrosie (@RandyAmbrosie) April 16, 2018
– with files from the Waterloo Region Record.