You only have to say his oldest son’s name to see the fatherly love Surjit Sharda felt for his Steven.
Sharda’s eyes welled up with tears as he described the impact the death of Steven has had on his family.
“It’s very hard—for myself, my wife and my sons—it’s very hard. Every day I remember him…I miss him a lot,” Surjit Sharda said.
Steven Sharda was shot to death in Calgary on July 11, 2015. Provided by family
Steven Sharda was shot to death in Calgary on July 11, 2015.
Provided by family
He recalled watching Steven play soccer, and remembered how he loved to help his father in the backyard with the gardening. “He was a nice boy, he helped me a lot.”
His other two sons also struggle, missing their big brother every day.
“He’d always try to keep everyone happy…always cared about his family. There’s things that do remind us every day of Steven; it’s hard,” Steven’s brother, Navdeep, said.
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Just before 4 a.m. on July 11, 2015, Steven Sharda and one of his friends were shot. Sharda died at the scene.
His murder remains unsolved.
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“We believe there is up to four people that were involved in the murder of Steven Sharda. There could have been even further amount but we believe in offending vehicle there were at least three to four people,” Det. Mike Shute, the primary investigator on the case, said.
Investigators said the shooting was over a drug turf war between two rival organized crime groups. Police believe the offenders in this case are also responsible for the homicide of David Quach in August 2015.
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Homicide detectives said they are closing in on the offenders.
“I believe we are very close to laying charges,” Shute said.
“The reality is, if you commit crime with more than two individuals sooner or later someone is going to face some jeopardy and they’re going to realize self preservation comes into play. We’ve seen in the past, those that sit next to you and commit crime with you today will stand against you and testify in court tomorrow,” Shute said.
Shute added police are willing to work with people who may be directly involved.
“If they are willing to come forward, we’re certainly willing to talk to them.”
That gives the Sharda family hope they will one day see justice in Steven’s case.
“I pray to God every day, but I believe one day they will catch those people who shot him,” his father said. “I pray every day.”
Watch below: Global’s past coverage of Steven Sharda’s murder