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‘Please let us lay our son to rest’: Calgary family pleas with public to help find his body

CALGARY – The family of Shane Smith is appealing to the public to help find his body.

Shane Eric James Smith, 20, of Chestermere, was last seen in the community of McKenzie Towne on June 6, 2020. His family reported him missing the next day.

Calgary Police have ruled Smith’s presumed death a homicide. They believe he was killed late June 6 at a home in southeast Calgary.

Three men have been charged with Shane’s suspected murder but his body still hasn’t been found.

On June 16, 2020, Ian Charles Abercrombie, 24, of Calgary, was charged with second-degree murder and indignity to a human body, breaching a court order and breach of a firearm prohibition order.

On Aug. 13, 2020, Calgary Police charged two more men in connection to Shane’s death.

Andrew Leger-Wagner, 23, of Calgary, was charged with obstruction of justice, indignity to a human body, two counts of firearms trafficking, providing a false statement, public mischief and failure to comply with an undertaking.

Andrew Thomas Bablitz, also known as Andrew Thomas Farias, 24, of Calgary, was charged with obstruction of justice, indignity to a human body, two counts of firearms trafficking, two counts of careless transportation or storage of a firearm, two counts of unauthorized possession of a firearm, and possession of a weapon obtained by the commission of an offence.

Calgary Police believe that Smith’s vehicle, a gold 2002 Nissan Maxima, was driven and parked near the bridge over the Bow River on Deerfoot Trail S.E. near the south border of the city sometime between 11 p.m. on Saturday and the morning of Tuesday.

Investigators are looking to speak with anyone who drove over the Bow River bridge on Deerfoot Trail S.E. between midnight on Saturday, June 6, and 9 a.m. Sunday, June 7, and have dash camera footage. Citizens with information are asked to call police at 403-266-1234 or Crime Stoppers anonymously using any of the following methods:

TALK: 1-800-222-8477

TYPE: www.calgarycrimestoppers.org

APP: “P3 Tips”

Case # 20226537/4071

On July 16, 2020, the Smith family issued a public statement through the Calgary Police.

Cassandra Smith’s statement – Shane’s older sister

Hello, my name is Cassie and I am Shane’s older sister. The one who is supposed to protect him from the bad in the world. Something I was sadly unable to do, because someone thought they had the right to take him away for no reason.

When Shane and I were growing up, I taught him how to catch a baseball, play badminton, took him on silly rides at Disney, had many living room camp outs and beyond millions of other things. Anytime another kid at school was mean to him, I promised I had his back if he needed me. I watched him grow into this amazing young man, best friend, best brother and son. Cherished by all that he impacted.

The last time we talked was because I called him when I was having a bad day, and I needed to talk, and he talked me through it and texted me after to tell me he loves me and was sorry he couldn’t come over that night as he had commitments in the morning. His friends have told me how he talked of our relationship and his love for his family.

I am here begging anyone who knows anything about that tragic night that ruined our lives forever to please come forward. Look at the pictures, hear the stories and give my beautiful, amazing baby brother the respect he deserves. He didn’t deserve to have his life taken. He doesn’t deserve to be out there alone. Please let my family do what we never imagined we have to do and lay Shane to rest properly. Somewhere his family and his friends can tell him how much we love and miss him. I know my life will never be the same knowing Shane won’t dance with me at my wedding or meet my children. I know my parents lives will never be the same. So please, I beg you, give us this at least, if you know something if you can help us bring my dear brother home. Please. 

Sincerely, Cassandra Smith

Shirley Smith’s statement – Shane’s mother 

My name is Shirley Smith. This is my husband Bill and my daughter Cassandra.

On June 6th, almost 6 weeks ago, our world was shattered and our small family was broken forever. My loving, handsome son Shane, only 20 years old, was horrifically murdered.

When I spoke with my boy that day, it was so normal, just an average day….our last words were I love yous. Never did we ever think something like this could ever destroy our lives forever. Our amazing son, gone, just like that. Shane is everyone’s best friend, loved by all. To think he left this world at the hands of who he thought was his friend is unbearable. What’s worse, the accused has hidden our beautiful son from us. We know others are keeping the secret of where Shane is. We are here to beg and plead for you to please, please let us lay our son to rest.

Shane deserved his life. He does not deserve to be out there somewhere all alone. Give him the dignity and respect he deserves. My family and all of Shane’s amazing friends need to say goodbye….as hard as that will be. In what world should a mom, dad and sister be out looking daily for their son, their brother’s body. This is a living nightmare. We are asking everyone who lives on the outskirts of Calgary, the smaller towns surrounding Calgary, please check your fields and ditches. We are so desperate. Please help us.

Shirley Smith

In September the Smith family and numerous volunteers searched Calgary’s Bow River for Shane’s body. They believe his body is in the Bow River and have distributed posters.

Upcoming fundraiser on Nov. 14

On Saturday, Nov. 14, Outlaws Taphouse and Bar will be having a fund-raising benefit for the family of Shane Smith from 6 p.m. to midnight.

CJAY 92’s Chris Foord will be hosting a silent auction at 7 p.m.

The band, Saints and Sinners @saintsandsinnersyyc, will be performing from 8 p.m. to midnight.

There will be food and drink specials and prize giveaways all night.
Social distancing will be in effect, as well as requesting participants to wear masks and complying with AHS guidelines.

If you have any silent auction items you would like to donate, please call Marla at Outlaws Taphouse at 587-391-2698.

If you find Shane Smith or have any information to his whereabouts, please contact the Calgary Police Service (403) 255-1234. Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS)
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