Classmates of a man who died in a bizarre incident on the Vancouver seawall will honour his life this Thursday.
45 year old cyclist Juan Pedro Loro Avis was killed in early January after a man, rooting through a nearby garbage can, tossed out a heavy object, which struck him and knocked him face first to the pavement.
Pedro, who recently moved to Vancouver from Spain, was an English student at the Immigrant Services Society of BC.
“I was in a complete state of shock because I had led myself to believe what I thought was truly the case that it was not my student, so it was a very very violent sort of reaction.”
Teacher Ron Allen, who is planning the memorial, believes it was a freak accident.
“I’m pretty convinced at least at this point that it was a freak accident that could have happened to any of us including me, because I bicycle to work by that very spot every day. If Pedro had been there one second before or one second after, he would probably still be alive today. It was an absolute freak accident, I am 99% certain of that.”
The memorial will be held at Creekside Park on the Northside of Science World this Thursday at 10am.
Late last month investigators released a sketch of the man believed to have thrown the object that killed Avis.
He is described as Aboriginal, 30 to 40 years old, six feet tall, medium build with shoulder-length black hair.
But nearly a month later, there have been no breaks in the case.
Anyone with information is asked to call Vancouver Police.