October 18, 2021

By Ryan B Chan

The Conestoga College Community mourns the tragic loss of Joshua Bennett who died early Friday morning. Flags were lowered at Conestoga College on Monday, Sept. 27 in memory of the student, whose death is being investigated as a homicide.

Bennett was a Conestoga student from the Etobicoke area and was enrolled in the carpentry and renovation technician program. 

Graduation Photo of Joshua Bennett released by Waterloo Region Police Services

“It is with great sadness that I share the news that a member of our Conestoga community was the victim of a homicide that occurred in Kitchener this past week,” said college president John Tibbits in a news release. “Our thoughts are with Joshua’s family and friends, his classmates and teachers, and all who knew him.”

Tibbits said that there is counselling available for all students and faculty in regards to this tragedy and encouraged students requiring assistance to contact Counselling Services at counselling@conestogac.on.ca or 519-748-5220 ext. 3679. 

Employees requiring assistance can contact Homewood Health, Conestoga’s Employee and Family Assistance Program provider at 1-800-663-1142 or https://homeweb.ca/

Bennett’s death is under investigation by the Waterloo Regional Police Service’s Major Crime, General Investigation and Forensic Identification Units. A post-mortem examination determined the cause of death as a result of multiple stab wounds.

Bennett was pronounced dead at the scene when police responded to a 911 call regarding an injured male. He was found at 4:30 a.m at Paulander Driver in Kitchener. The details of his death are still largely unknown and police are looking for more information. 

“This senseless death has no place in our community,” said Police Chief Bryan Larkin in a statement, “I want to reassure the community that we have a dedicated team of highly skilled investigators who are working hard to find those responsible.”

Photo of Joshua Bennett with Rosalie Griffith receiving his high school diploma. Photo published to Twitter by @msrgriffith

Anyone who saw Bennett the night of his death is asked to call the police at 519-570-9777. You can also post anonymously at Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Twitter post from Joshua Bennet’s high school principal Clarence Pitterson.
Memorial dedicated to Joshua Bennett at Monsignor Percy Johnson Catholic Secondary School. Photo taken by Clarence Pitterson, posted on Twitter

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