Lam Diing: a warrior given justice


by Victoria Gray

Lam Diing’s friend and killer won’t get forgiveness from the Diing family.

A 23-year-old man pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the stabbing death of the University of Waterloo football player on Dec. 3.

Nicholas Ndayisenga admitted to stabbing his friend, Lam Diing, in the neck during a fight in April.

Diing and his family moved to Canada from Sudan in 2007.

He excelled and went from learning English as a second language to earning a scholarship at UW.

His friends, teammates, and academic family admired him for taking care of his mother and six siblings while meeting his athletic and academic responsibilities.

According to the agreed upon statement of facts presented in court, Diing and Ndayisenga were close friends.

On the night of the altercation they went to a house party with other friends. Diing consumed too much alcohol, became intoxicated and was asked to leave.

Outside of the Kitchener residence the pair got into a heated argument that was initially broken up.

But just a few minutes later another yelling match broke out and Ndayisenga stabbed Diing in the neck.

Ndayisenga stood in court and offered a tearfilled apology to Diing’s family.

CTV Kitchener reported that Diing’s mother refused the apology from the gallery and she said she did not believe Ndayisenga.

He was sentenced to eight years in prison.


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