Ponoka man killed in Las Vegas remembered


The spouse of an Alberta man who was fatally stabbed in a random assault on the Las Vegas Strip final week is remembering him as a child at coronary heart.

Brent Hallett, 46, had been travelling the world since April 2021 together with his spouse, on the lookout for their forever-home. They had been to Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore earlier than touchdown in Las Vegas, a favorite vacation spot the 2 had been to many instances.

“He liked Disneyland, so he was form of a child at coronary heart, however he was additionally an outdated soul,” Carmelita Hallett mentioned Friday in a cellphone interview from Ponoka, south of Edmonton.

“His favorite musician was Elvis Presley, so he had each qualities in the identical physique.”

She mentioned her husband liked animals, particularly rabbits, which that they had had as pets since they received collectively 28 years in the past. After they discovered a spot to calm down, Hallett mentioned, they deliberate to get extra rabbits so as to add to the household.

“It was at all times one thing we have been going to do.”

She mentioned her husband simply made mates on their travels and had a gregarious disposition.

He was a businessman and was concerned with a wide range of entrepreneurial endeavours, together with an ice cream store.

The couple was strolling previous the Wynn Las Vegas Resort in Las Vegas on Oct. 6 when the midday assault occurred.

Police in Las Vegas have mentioned a man requested a bunch of showgirls exterior the resort to pose with him for a photograph, then he took out a chef’s knife and commenced stabbing individuals.

Brent Hallett and one other individual have been killed and 6 others have been wounded.

Yoni Barrios, 32, has been charged with two counts of assassination and 6 counts of tried assassination.

A defence lawyer in the case has raised questions concerning the suspect’s psychological well being. According to an arrest report, Barrios mentioned after the stabbings that he had “let the anger out.”

He is being held with out bail pending a preliminary listening to scheduled for January.

“It was over so quick,” mentioned Carmelita Hallett, including she was proper beside her husband when he was stabbed.

“I did not see something till I checked out him after it occurred, and he fell to the bottom.

“My message to everyone seems to be to dwell each second to your fullest, since you by no means know when it will be over.”

She mentioned she plans to prepare a charity known as “Jumpy” in honour of her husband’s life and love for animals.

“I do not need him to be forgotten and I do not need this horrible factor that occurred to be forgotten.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first printed Oct. 14, 2022.

With information from The Associated Press


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