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A Ponoka woman mourns her husband who was killed in a stabbing spree in Las Vegas

A guy asked a group of showgirls outside the resort to pose with him for a photo, then he pulled out a chef’s knife and started stabbing people.

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Ponoka – The wife of an Alberta man who was stabbed to death in a random attack on the Las Vegas Strip last week remembers him as a child at heart.

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Brent Hallett, 46, had been traveling the world since April 2021 with his wife, in search of their forever home. They’ve been to Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore before landing in Las Vegas, a favorite destination the two have visited many times.

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“He loved Disneyland, so he was kind of a kid at heart, but he was also an old soul,” Carmelita Hallett said Friday in a phone interview from Ponoka, south Edmonton.

“His favorite musician was Elvis Presley, so he had both traits in the same body.”

She said her husband loved animals, especially rabbits, which she had been keeping as pets since they met 28 years ago. Hallett said that after they found a place to settle, they planned to get more rabbits to add to the household.

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“It was always something we would do.”

She said that her husband easily made friends on their travels and had a social demeanor.

He was a businessman and was involved in a variety of projects, including an ice cream shop.

The couple were walking past the Wynn Las Vegas resort in Las Vegas on October 6 when the midday attack occurred.

Police in Las Vegas said a man asked a group of showgirls outside the resort to pose with him for a photo, then took out a chef’s knife and began stabbing people.

Brent Hallett and another person were killed and six others were injured.

Eloni Barrios, 32, is charged with two counts of murder and six counts of attempted murder.

The defense attorney in the case raised questions about the suspect’s mental health. According to an arrest report, Barrios said after the stabbing that he had “unleashed the anger.”

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He is being held without bail pending a preliminary hearing scheduled for January.

β€œIt ended very quickly,” Carmelita Hallett said, adding that she was next to her husband when he was stabbed.

β€œI didn’t see anything until I looked at him after that happened, and he fell to the ground.

“My message to everyone is to live every second to the fullest, because you never know when it will be over.”

She said she plans to organize a charity called “Jumpy” in honor of her husband’s life and love for animals.

“I don’t want to be forgotten and I don’t want this terrible thing that happened to be forgotten.”

β€” By Angela Amato in Edmonton, with files from The Associated Press

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