December 26, 1998
Grieving family has no Christmas
Son slain trying to break up bar fight
By DONNA CASEY -- Sun Media
OTTAWA -- While families gathered with loved ones yesterday to celebrate Christmas, the parents of Andrew Moffitt spent their day grappling with the murder of their 23-year-old son.
The University of Ottawa computer engineering student was stabbed once through the heart early Wednesday morning as he tried to break up a bar fight.
"It wasn't Christmas today," said Paulette Moffitt, Andrew's mother.
"We opened some of Andy's gifts. A few I opened so he could wear them and some I just put in his bedroom. I'm not sure what I'll do with them," Paulette said yesterday from her Brockville home.
"I just see his face everywhere I look," she said, her voice breaking.
Paulette said Andrew's two brothers - Rod. Jr., 27, and 11-year-old Mike - are devastated by the sudden death of their beloved brother.
The family has been in contact with the University of Ottawa to set up some type of scholarship in memory of their slain son, said Rod Moffitt, Andrew's father.
Moffitt's alleged killer, Henry Danninger, made a brief court appearance Christmas Eve with his lawyer Alan Brass. He has been charged with second-degree murder.
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