Jetta with ‘Jesus’ bumper sticker implicated in Memorial Drive homicide

Police have released a closeup photo of the silver Volkswagen Jetta they believe was involved in a homicide Tuesday, when a man was pushed or fell from the car at the intersection of Memorial Drive and 36th Street S.E.

The photo clearly shows the licence plate CHG-6058 and a distinctive “Jesus” bumper sticker.

The victim has been identified as David Bawden, 59, of Calgary.

Police are investigating the homicide as a possible random attack. 

It is believed the victim was walking east in the curb lane of eastbound Memorial Drive, between the Bridgeland and Zoo LRT stations, when at 8:37 a.m., a Volkswagen Jetta pulled over. The victim got inside the vehicle, police said in a release.

The victim was pushed or fell from the vehicle about 4.4 kilometres later, at Memorial Drive and 36th Street S.E.

Police say the VW Jetta picked up the victim, who was walking east between the Bridgeland and Zoo LRT stations, and minutes later left him at the intersection of Memorial Drive and 36th St. S.W. (Google Maps)

Police and EMS were called to the scene around 8:50 a.m. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police are now asking anyone who was travelling on Memorial Drive between Edmonton Trail and 36th Street N.E. at that time, and who may have dashcam footage, to come forward.

“We need the public’s help to locate this vehicle and the registered owner as soon as possible,” Staff Sgt. Martin Schiavetta of the Calgary Police Service’s homicide unit said in a release.

“At this time, we are investigating the possibility that this was a random attack. While we don’t believe there are additional safety concerns for Calgarians, we are exhausting all measures to locate the suspects.

The intersection at Memorial Drive and 36th Street S.E., where the victim either fell or was pushed from the vehicle Tuesday morning. (Google Maps)

This is Calgary’s 27th homicide of the year. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 403-266-1235, the homicide tip line at 403-428-8877 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers

Police shared this photo of the vehicle believed to be connected to the homicide, and have now been able to identify the licence plate. The image is from a CCTV surveillance camera on Memorial Drive. (Calgary Police Service)

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