Hockey Hero Mourns Murder of Employees

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A somber Chris Chelios met with the media on Thursday, describing for the first time in public the sorrow he felt upon learning that two employees of his downtown eatery had been stabbed to death.

The longtime NHL defenseman, who plays for the Detroit Red Wings, said the Tuesday deaths of Megan Soroka, 49, of Dearborn and Mark Barnard, 52, of Detroit were "senseless and there's no explanation."

A 17-year-old who recently was fired as a bus boy from Cheli's Chili Bar is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the killings.

Justin Blackshere of Detroit faces mandatory life in prison without parole if convicted as charged. He was arraigned Wednesday evening in 36th District Court, and Magistrate Milicent Sherman ordered him held without bond until a preliminary examination Jan. 16.

"I'm just going to try to get through this day by day with everybody," said Chelios, who did not play in Detroit's 2-1 win against Anaheim on Tuesday night and was not traveling with the team for its game Thursday night at San Jose.

Chelios said he would rejoin the team when the time is right.

The restaurant was opening Thursday for the first time since the stabbings.

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