‘He always loved everyone’: Mississauga stabbing victim recalls best friend

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Mustafa Khaleel was stabbed to death at Wasaga Beach on Sunday June 13.
  • Mustafa Khaleel was stabbed to death at Wasaga Beach on Sunday June 13.

Mustafa Khaleel seemed to have a promising future.

The 23-year-old from Mississauga had just started his apprenticeship as an electrician after graduating from Sheridan College. His best friend, Khaled Al Khadah, said he was very hard working and dedicated to supporting his mother and four younger siblings.

On Sunday, June 13, his life was taken too soon following a stabbing at Wasaga Beach.

“In his last two days he told me he wanted to buy a house, save money for a deposit,” Al Khadah said. “He was looking here in Milton because I live in Milton. He wanted to get a little townhouse or something.

Khaleel, who came to Canada from Iraq at a young age, was stabbed in an altercation at Beach Area 1 just after midnight on June 13. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Al Khadah, who was with his friend at Wasaga Beach, said Khaleel was a “very, very nice guy” who did his best to avoid confrontation.

“He never bothered anyone, never fought anyone. He always loved everyone,” Khaleel said. “Even if someone bothered him, he just smiled in their face.”

Al Khadah and Khaleel became friends five years ago when they worked together at a shisha lounge for two months. The two hit it off quickly.

“I felt like I had known him for a very, very long time,” Al Khadah said.

Friends of Khaleel have launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise $50,000 to help support Khaleel’s family. In the first week of the campaign, over $7,500 was raised.

Huronia West OPP has charged Micha Duran, a 25-year-old man from Brampton, with second degree murder in connection with the stabbing.

In addition, two men, a 25-year-old from Brampton and a 21-year-old from Etobicoke, have been charged with assault with a weapon.

The OPP believe there were “numerous people” in the area at the time of the assault and are asking anyone who may have been in Beach Area 1 around midnight between the 12th and June 13 to contact her.

Calls can be made to Huronia West OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

— With files by Sabrina Gamrot

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