OTTAWA — The 20-year-old son of a well-known Ottawa media publisher is dead after an altercation at a home in Yellowknife late Friday.
Emerson Curran was just set to return home to his girlfriend when he apparently had a run-in with the wrong people. He died Saturday.
Curran had been working at Air Tindi, a small airline servicing the North, for the summer.
He had been saving for the trip for two years, working as a grocery clerk. He was planning to return to Ottawa to continue his post-education studies in philosophy.
“I’ll always love you Emerson Curran,” his girlfriend, Jillian Gummo, wrote on Facebook. “You were my best friend and one of the few people I knew never judged me for the way I was and I hope you’ll always remember that I felt the same way. Being with your family today brought so much to my spirit and I know you’ll always be with the ones you cared for so deeply. You won’t ever be forgotten by all of the people whose lives you touched and I’ll carry you with me forever and ever babe. Be at peace, you’re SO loved.”
Rob Willis, the store manager of Farm Boy, where Curran worked, described the young man as a “hard-working, reliable” employee.
“He showed up every time, he wasn’t loud or boisterous — more the quiet, thinking type,” Willis said.