People in our building still talk about that horrifying day 22 years ago.
August 1st, 1995.
It happened in our parking lot, a lot that we once shared with the legendary CJOH.
That TV station burned out in a fire in 2010, which was a real shame.
We also shared the confection area with them and we chumed around a little with the TV guys like late Max Keeping and J.J. Clarke.
They were all really nice people and Pete, the man who ran the little kitchen, was fantastic.
One former colleague, since gone from the radio station, was actually on the air when CJOH Sportscaster (and former NHL hockey player) Brian Smith was shot and killed as he exited CJOH to participate in one of the many charities he spent countless hours with.
The man who pulled the trigger of the .22 calibre rifle was Jeffrey Arenburg.
The killing was senseless and random. It sent shock waves throughout the community and the entire country.
Arenburg, who was ruled ‘criminally not responsible,’ was a man with many problems.
He was hearing voices in his head and was later deemed to be an untreated paranoid schizophrenic.
I saw him on CBC’s “The Fifth Estate” a few years back and he angered me with his non-nonchalance. “He happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Arenburg said as he shrugged while sipping on a beer in his trailer somewhere down East.
According to his brother, Jeffrey Arenburg died of a heart attack on June 13th.
Allen Arenburg hadn’t been in touch with his brother for years and said he was very much a loner in his final years.
So a chapter of this sad, sordid and senseless story comes to a conclusion, but for the friends and family of Brian Smith, I am certain the pain never really goes away.