Friends and family of Dakoda Martin returned to the place where the young father was murdered to honour his memory and demand justice.
A makeshift memorial remains in Victoria Park after dozens gathered for Thursday evening’s candlelight vigil, paying tribute to London’s second homicide victim of 2016.
Unable to attend Thursday’s funeral at Lounsbury Funeral Home in Cambridge, Sean Kadey knew he had to pay tribute to his friend by returning to the site of his untimely death.
“It actually means a lot to me seeing a lot of these people here,” said Kadey. “Some of these people have known Dakoda since public school, and before then. His fiance is here tonight, and everyone is here to support her.”
Kadey met him 5 years ago, and they became fast friends.
“I was going through some troubled times, and Dakoda seen that and he just kind of reached out to me to help me out and told me if I ever needed an ear, you know, he was a brother to me,” Kadey said.
Martin, who had a one-year-old daughter, was unwinding with friends in the park early last Saturday morning when they reportedly saw a woman being assaulted and tried to intervene.
Martin and a 32-year-old man were stabbed. The other man, whose name has not been released, was treated and released from hospital. Martin was later pronounced dead in hospital.
According to Police, all three individuals were known to each other. A knife was located at the scene during a daylight search, police said. The investigation is ongoing.
London Police have charged 32-year-old Jeremy Reddick with one count of second-degree murder and one count of aggravated assault in connection to the incident.
An autopsy was performed at London Health Sciences Centre, where Martin’s cause of death was determined to be a stab wound.