05/08/2013 09:21 EDT | Updated 07/08/2013 05:12 EDT

Craig Kelloway Dead: Calgary Science Teacher Stabbed, Nick Rasberry Charged


CALGARY - A junior high school in Alberta is in mourning after learning one of its teachers was stabbed to death.

Police in Calgary say Harvey (Craig) Kelloway, 31, was killed during a fight at his neighbour's home on Saturday night.

Staff-Sgt. Doug Andrus said Kelloway had just met his alleged attacker.

"We believe that the suspect went over to the victim's residence earlier in the afternoon to introduce himself, and then they continued to associate throughout the day and into the late evening,'' said Andrus, who added that alcohol was involved.

A 911 call was later made from inside the suspect's house, but police haven't said who made the call. There was one other person in the home at the time, but police said that person wasn't part of the fight.

Family members say Kelloway is survived by his girlfriend and a young son.

He moved to Calgary from Cape Breton, N.S., six years ago after graduating from St. Francis Xavier University and Acadia University.

Nicholas Rasberry, 30, is charged with second-degree murder and is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday.

Kelloway, a science teacher at David Thompson Middle School, was being remembered as a "wonderful guy.''

"He was very caring and compassionate,'' said cousin Deneca Mombourquette. "It's nice to hear it not just coming from the family - because obviously the family deals that way - but also from the students.

"It's really nice to know everybody cared about him as much as we did.''

Students took to the website to express their feelings.

"Best teacher I ever had. Always so nice and helpful,'' posted one student.

Another student said: "Always will be my favourite science teacher. Lots of love. Rest in peace.''

The Calgary Board of Education is making grief counsellors available to staff and students.

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