Family hopes to draw attention to unsolved murder case
A family still searching for answers in the brutal killing of their 19-year-old son is holding a vigil Monday night to draw attention to the unsolved murder case.
Douglas Stewart was beaten to death in his Vanier apartment Feb. 18, 2004. Police say there were no signs of forced entry and they think Stewart might have known his killer.
Stewart's mother Linda Beland found out about her son's death while watching the local news.
"I hear young man 19 years old and right there it was like somebody hit me in the stomach so hard," Beland told CTV News.
"The camera pointed right to his apartment. So I knew right there and then it was him . . . I just knew, I knew it was him. I knew it was my Douglas."
Beland says she hopes the vigil will help attract new information about her son's case.
"I need closure. The family needs closure,"she said. "I always wonder who did it and why did they do it."
Stewart's mother visits her son's gravesite often.
"I sit there and I talk with him. I kiss him all the time," said Beland, who says she often asks him to send her a sign that points to his killer.
Police are yet to make any arrests in connection with the 19-year-old's brutal murder.
While their investigation is ongoing, Beland says she thinks police are making some progress in the case.
The vigil in Stewart's memory will be held at 1240 Donald St. at 7 p.m., the scene of Stewart's death.
With a report from Rebecca Turcotte of Carleton University's School of Journalism