Investigators have received new information regarding the death of former Calgary Stampeders and NFL linebacker Michael Labinjo.
He was found deceased in his home on Friday, September 21, 2018, at which time the circumstances of his death were believed not to be criminal in nature.
Calgary police now believe Labinjo’s death to be suspicious. Family members had reported many of his personal belongings missing from his home after his death. A theft investigation has revealed that numerous items and sports memorabilia were stolen from Labinjo’s residence immediately following his death.
Most notable are two distinct NFL and CFL championship rings with the name “LABINJO” written on the side. These rings have not been recovered.
Police are asking for the public’s help to identify four suspects believed to be responsible for the theft of the stolen items and notify authorities of their current whereabouts. Investigators believe that these individuals may also have knowledge of the circumstances surrounding Labinjo’s death.
Police are asking for anyone with information about this incident to contact police by calling the non-emergency number at 403-266-1234, or the Homicide Unit Tip Line at 403-428-8877. Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers through any of the following methods:
APP: “P3 Tips”
The family of Michael Labinjo released a statement in hopes of encouraging information from the public that could lead to answers surrounding the circumstances of Labinjo’s suspicious death.
Labinjo family statement:
My name is Randy Labinjo. This is my mother Margaret Labinjo. We would like to thank you for taking the time to be here with us today.
On September 21,2018, my brother Michael Labinjo passed away. To all who knew Mike, he was a caring, kind, gentle and loving person. To me, he was my brother. I love him. When I lost him, I lost a part of myself that I can never regain. I think about growing up together and the things I learned from him. I will continue to remember all the memories we shared together.
Mike loved his daughter Hailey. She was his world. Hailey now has to grow up and experience things without Mike in her life. I can’t imagine how hard this has been and will continue to be for her. My heart breaks for her.
My mother lost her first-born son. I see her pain and it makes me sad. She struggles to accept the realization that Mike is gone. No mother should have to lose their son. I love you mom.
We are asking that anyone with any information about Mike’s death please come forward or call The Calgary Police Service. You can remain anonymous. I would also like to thank the Calgary police for all the work they have done involving this case.