Monday, November 20, 2006
Thank you to everybody who came out and made the Brian Kullman Memorial Ride so wonderful.
The question is: would people do this for you if you were to pass away tomorrow? I sure hope that the answer is yes. If not, you need to seriously reexamine your life. We all have the capacity to love and be loved so let's all live up to it. Hug your neighbour, Brian would be proud.
Sunday, November 19, 2006
These last couple of weeks have left me feeling pretty burned out. I've been busy dealing with the loss of a good friend and then doing everything I can to help out. Part of my nature is to organize when I'm stressed/upset so being able to help Graeme organize the memorial ride was great therapy for me. I really hope that Brian's friends and family enjoyed the event; it was the least that we could do to show our respect for our dear friend.
This feeling of burn out I have is pretty severe and as a result I am going to be taking a full and complete break from the blog world for awhile. I will concentrate on spending quality time with my friends and family instead of living in the blogosphere. While many good things come from blogs and blogging, think of Reid's awesome work keeping us all up to date, for the most part I have found that it is nothing more than a time suck and that "blog people" aren't worth my time. I do have many fine friends who happen to blog but they are my friends first and bloggers second. If I wanted phony friends I'd play World of Warcraft but since that is not my aim, I'm outta here.
Catch you in the real world.
Thursday, November 16, 2006
CITYBEAT - CITY OF CALGARY PRESS RELEASE
The Calgary Police Service Major Crimes Section has laid a
second degree murder charge in relation to the Brian Wayne
KULLMAN homicide investigation.
At approximately 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday November 15, 2006, a
suspect was arrested at the Calgary International Airport.
Bill James PAPPAS, 35, of Calgary, was taken into custody
hours before he was to board a flight to Europe.
In the early morning hours of Thursday, November 16, 2006,
PAPPAS was charged with one count of second degree murder, as
well as arson, possession of stolen property under $5000,
uttering a forged document and fraud under $5000.
Mr. Kullman was last seen by friends and family on the
evening of Tuesday, November 7, 2006.
On Wednesday, November 8, 2006, at 7:40 p.m., the Calgary
Police Service and the Calgary Fire Department responded to
reports of a house fire at the home of Brian Kullman. The
circumstances surrounding the fire caused the Joint Forces
Arson Unit to investigate.
On the evening of Thursday, November 9, 2006, the Arson Unit
discovered further suspicious circumstances which caused the
Calgary Police Service Violent Crime Team 1 (Homicide Unit)
to assist in the investigation.
On the morning of Friday, November 10, 2006, a missing person
investigation was initiated to locate Brian Kullman, as well
as his 2003 Mercedes Benz C240 vehicle. That afternoon, the
RCMP responded to the discovery of a body found near the side
of highway 66 in Kananaskis Country. The body was later
identified as that of Mr. Kullman.
The 2003 Mercedes Benz C240 vehicle belonging to Mr. Kullman
was located in southeast Calgary in the early morning of
Saturday, November 11, 2006. This vehicle is currently being
examined by the Calgary Police Service Forensic Crimes Scenes
Investigators would like to thank those members of the public
who came forward with information as to Brian Kullman’s last
Let's hope that this helps us all feel some sense of closure and especially help Brian's family to deal with their loss. While I cannot comprehend why anybody would want to hurt Brian, someone did. I hope that the person responsible is brought to justice for their actions.
On a more positive note, there has been a great deal of discussion regarding creating a scholarship in BK's name. As BK was a strong supporter of racing in Alberta and was always eager to assist new/young racers, it seems appropriate that he be remembered this way. This yearly scholarship could be given out to an up and coming rider in need of financial support so that they can further their racing careers.
Please let me know what you all think of this idea. I would never dream of doing anything without first consulting Brian's family but I feel that this is something he would support.
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
RIP Brian Wayne Kullman
A great man, loving friend and avid cyclist that will be missed by many. Brian always had a great big smile on his face and did his best to make sure you left with one too. He offered never ending support and encouragement to everyone in the cycling scene and helped me out on many occasions. I will miss our weekly roller training sessions, espresso shots and bike geekery but most of all I will miss one of my closest and best friends.
Monday, November 13, 2006
Mon, November 13, 2006
Cops have not confirmed homicide in case of Brian Kullman
By NADIA MOHARIB, CALGARY SUN
Cops have yet to say they are investigating a homicide or that they have found missing Calgarian Brian Wayne Kullman but blood found in his abandoned car hints at foul play and there is no active search for the 39-year-old.
Homicide Staff Sgt. Barry Cochran said police are choosing to be tight-lipped on details of the investigations into the discovery of a man’s body in Kananskis and circumstances around the mysterious disappearance of Kullman from his Inglewood home last Tuesday.
“We have lots of theories but we can’t build our investigation around that,” Cochran said today.
“In order for us to further this investigation we have to concentrate on the evidence that is being gathered by investigators.
“At this time we cannot elaborate on those strategies in place.”
Cops have confirmed the identity of the body found by hikers off Hwy. 66, west of Elbow Falls last Friday, about six metres over the edge of a metal rest stop guardrail.
They have not released the deceased’s name.
An autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow.
The missing man’s 2003 Mercedes Benz C240 was found abandoned in a southeast parking lot on Saturday with sources confirming there was blood visible inside suggesting the possibility of foul play.
Cochran confirmed Kullman, who is single, was last seen spending time with friends and family on Nov. 7 and then said to be meeting a friend at his house.
He has not been seen or heard from since.
A day after he went missing, arson and forensic investigators were called to his Inglewood Grove home following a possible explosion.
There was minimal damage to the home.
By Thursday, homicide investigators were called in to assist.
Investigators spent the weekend searching for evidence at Kullman’s home.
Cochran said it is believed Kullman’s car was not stolen, but it may have been taken without his consent, although he would not elaborate on possible circumstances.Any of Kullman’s friends or associates who saw him prior to his disappearance are urged to call cops at 266-1234 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.