The brother of a stabbing victim has launched an online campaign to raise money to help his sibling as he continues to recover.
Yuki Van Der Merwe was attacked on the evening of March 31 in a laneway in the 600-block of Victoria Street in downtown Kamloops. He was stabbed several times in the attack. He was rushed to hospital, where he was treated for serious injuries.
Yuki’s brother, Dewald Van Der Merwe, is hoping to raise $5,000 to help buy a mountain bike, noting Yuki’s bike disappeared in the events leading to the attack. The online fundraising campaign is right here.
“Anyone who has ever known my brother knows that he loves the outdoors, especially mountain biking,” Dewald wrote on the GoFundMe page. “It has been a passion of his since we were children. So I thought that we could rally around my brother and let him know that we love and support him by raising enough money to purchase him a new bike. The cost of a good mountain bike is upwards of $8,000, but a $5,000 funding goal will set him well on his way to resuming his favourite activity once he has fully recovered from this trauma. If you feel inclined to donate for this cause, you are amazing! Your support will not go unnoticed and I know that my brother will deeply appreciate you for it!”
Const. Crystal Evelyn said officers were called to the area of Victoria Street and Sixth Avenue at 6:22 p.m. for a report of an assault with a weapon.
“Upon attending, they located one man with serious, life-threatening injuries,” Evelyn said. “The man was taken to hospital and is currently in stable condition.”
About 15 minutes before the assault report, police received a complaint of two men fighting behind a business in the 600-block of Victoria Street. Evelyn said investigators believe the incidents are related and involve the same men.
In the days after the stabbing, police were asking for witnesses and those with surveillance footage to come forward.
Evelyn said police do not believe the incident was random or that the general public is currently at risk.
A witness told KTW they were near the Noble Pig Brewpub at 650 Victoria St. after 7 p.m. on March 31 when Mounties swarmed the area.
“We heard an officer ask someone else on the patio if they saw the suspects,” the witness said. “We started talking about it and realized we did and let the officer know.”
The witness said two men who may be connected to the stabbing were wearing black hoodies and carrying backpacks. The witness walked right by them en route to the brewpub.