The sentencing of a Hamilton man in the “senseless murder” of the son of former NHL great Barry Beck has been delayed until October.
Brock Beck, 20, was stabbed twice in the abdomen on July 26, 2020, outside a Binbrook home following a road rage incident.
He later died in hospital.
Four area men were arrested last November and charged with second-degree murder.
In July, Thomas Vasquez, 22, of Hamilton, pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of manslaughter while Petar Kunic, 19, of Stoney Creek, pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily harm.
Charges against two other men were withdrawn.
Former New York Rangers star Barry Beck read his victim impact statement via Zoom, according to the Hamilton Spectator.
“Finding out your only child has been stabbed to death in a senseless murder will take you to the depths of sorrow that are unimaginable,” Barry Beck said, the Spec reported, adding “we try to move our lives forward, one hour at a time. I would add to that, your Honour: one minute at a time.”
He added: “I love and miss you son. Until we meet again.”
From the beginning of the tragedy, cops said that road rage triggered the stabbing.
The four suspects were travelling west on Binbrook Rd. on the city’s outskirts after leaving a party.
At the intersection, they engaged in verbal sparring with Brock and his friend who were in another vehicle.
The two groups went their separate ways but not long after, Beck and his pal were confronted by the group in the driveway of the home they were visiting.
A fight followed.
“This was a chance encounter … This was a road rage incident gone bad. We are still of that opinion and that was what formed a difficult investigation for us, the fact that there was no link between the accused and Brock Beck and the youth,” Hamilton Police Det. Sgt. Bereziuk told reporters at the time.
Beck was studying mental health in Nova Scotia and was visiting home.
Kunic received a suspended sentence and two years probation.
The Spec said Kunic apologized for his involvement.
Sentencing for Vasquez is slated for Oct. 18.