Summarized by Kent Larsen
Police Arrest Suspect In Murder of LDS Immigrant
Edmonton Alberta Canada Sun 29Feb00 D2
By Nicole Bergot: Edmonton Sun
EDMONTON, ALBERTA -- Police have arrested Jamie Oliver Boyce and
charged him with second-degree murder and possession of an offensive
weapon in the death of LDS Church member Bernardo Sanchez-Archila,
27. Sanchez-Archila was found in his downtown Edmonton room on
Valentine's Day with a stab wound to the heart.
Police are still searching for a motive in the killing, but say that
Boyce and Sanchez-Archila knew each other. Investigators found a
knife they believe to be the murder weapon in Boyce's hotel room.
They traced Boyce to the hotel and arrested him there on Sunday
Sanchez-Archila was a native of Chiapas, Mexico, and first came to
Edmonton in 1995 "seeking Mormon missionary work," according to the
Edmonton Sun's Bergot. He started working at an Edmonton hotel in
1998 and was trying to get enough money for a post-secondary
education in the hospitality industry, according to his friend and
LDS Church member Bruce Macovichuk.
Friends expressed relief that an arrest had been made, especially
because Sanchez-Archila was reportedly "confused over his sexuality."
One gay friend, Patrick, was worried that the killer was staking out
local gay bars, "It was scary. My friends were worried about me
because maybe he has seen me out with Bernardo. He was such a kind
and quiet person, I don't know why this would happen - but the truth
will come out."
LDS friends of Sanchez-Archila were shocked to learn of his dual life
following the murder. But local LDS Church authorities paid the
$3,000 cost to transport his body back to Mexico for burial last week.