For many people in Saskatchewan, the May long weekend is a happy occasion – a little break from work, and a chance to get out and enjoy what is often nice weather.
But for one family, it marks a dark anniversary – Saturday is the ten year anniversary of the day 19-year-old Misha Pavelick was murdered.
Pavelick was killed late May 21 in 2006, stabbed to death at a high school graduation bush party at a campground near near Regina Beach.
In a statement from his family released by police this weekend, they wrote: “We understand the depth of grief and sorrow because we are still experiencing it.”
Pavelick was a son, brother, nephew, cousin, and friend. His family wrote that he brimmed with energy.
“He enjoyed competitive sports and played on several city hockey, lacrosse and soccer teams. When he was nine he caught his first fish on the first cast. He was always keen to play a round of golf with Dad, no matter how challenging. There were lots of high fives, hugs and laughs. Misha loved music and was learning to play bass.”
No arrests have been made in the death. Along with police, Pavelick’s family made a plea for anyone with information to come forward. They wrote that many things can happen in ten years.
“People change, thinking and beliefs evolve and old unhealthy allegiances end. It’s time for you to step up. We urge you to help identify the person or persons responsible. It’s possible to do the right thing, if not for Misha, then for yourself and your future.”
Anyone with information is asked to call RCMP Major Crimes Unit at 639-625-3156, or Crime Stoppers to report anonymously at 1-888-222-8477. Tips can also be submitted online.
The RCMP also took the opportunity to caution people about bush and pit parties. In the media release they said that social media can allow details about parties to spread quickly, and the tone of a party can change quickly and with “tragic results.”