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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 morning.

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.


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