Vancouver/Lower Mainland Violent Deaths 2005

SHANNON RISBY

Inspector Darryl Weibe with the Vancouver police says a 39-year-old man is dead after a stabbing in the 600 block of East Broadway.  The man died just prior to midnight. The victim is well known to police.  Investigators have released the name of the man charged in the homicide of Shannon Risby on December 31st. Randy Logan Thomas, 24 years, is of no fixed address and is charged with second degree murder.    Dec. 31, 2005   VPD #19

DAVID DRESCHER

On December 17th 2005 at about 04:47 in the morning Chilliwack RCMP responded to the area of 4th Ave and Nowell St to a complaint of a male struck by a vehicle. Upon arriving at the scene one male was located and transported to Chilliwack General Hospital via ambulance and later pronounced deceased. David Drescher 39 years old of Chilliwack has been identified as the victim in this homicide.  Drescher was run over by a vehicle at the intersection of 4th Ave and Nowell St. This was not a random act, as information has been received that the vehicle intentionally struck Mr. Drescher.    Dec 17, 2005   RCMP File #Chilliwack 2005-47225   

LON AARON STEWART

So far, no arrests have been made in the shooting death of Lon Aaron Stewart, 40. Ron Stewart was gunned down around eight o'clock Saturday night, at his brother's home in the in the 2700-block East 27th Ave on Saturday night.   VPD #18  Dec 10, 2005 

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Burnaby RCMP were called at 13 minutes after midnight after several residents in the 4200 block of Southwood Street called 911 to report hearing gunshots. One caller reported seeing a body lying outside on the ground.  Officers arrived at the scene and confirmed that a male was deceased.  Police said the victim appeared to be an Indo-Canadian in his mid-twenties.   RCMP File #Burnaby 2005-66869  Dec. 9, 2005    

ANTHONY WAYNE KLIMCHUK

A man who was shot at an apartment building in the 600 block of Blackford Street early Sunday died of his injuries about 24 hours later.  Anthony Wayne Klimchuk, 38, has been identified as the victim.   NWPS file 05-32296    New Westminster homicide #2    Dec. 4, 2005 

LEE MATASI

Lee Matasi, the 23-year-old Vancouver skateboarder - the driving force behind Leeside skateboard park near the PNE - was shot and killed in the 300 block of Richards St on just before 3:30am.   The accused is believed to have fired off a handgun a few minutes before fighting with the victim, who was fatally shot during the altercation.  Alert officers spotted the suspect in an alley in the 500 block of Dunsmuir St where he was arrested and the handgun recovered.  Dennis Robert White, 28, of Vancouver was arrested and charged with second-degree murder.   VPD #16th   Dec. 3, 2005    

JOSE PINEDA

Vancouver Police Department is asking the driver responsible for a fatal collision with a pedestrian on November 30th to come forward. Jose Pineda, a 46-year-old Vancouver man, was struck by the car at 31st and Knight at 11:30 p.m.   Part of a bumper was left behind at the scene and investigators now know that it belonged to a 1992 to 1997 Ford Probe or a Mazda Precidia, teal in colour. The piece of bumper came from the left front corner of the car.  There were 31 fatal collisions in 2005, 17 of which were pedestrians.   Police File #05-287629   Nov. 30, 2005

DONALD WALL

Donald Wall, a 49-year-old Vancouver man, died in the hospital this weekend in Vancouver’s 17th homicide of 2005. Police were called to the 2100 block of Wall St. on November 29th after two 911 calls were received about a stabbing in an apartment.   There was a domestic dispute and Mr. Wall’s common-law wife, Martha Kahnapace, was arrested and charged with attempted murder. Investigators are now recommending 2nd degree murder charges for the 48-year-old woman.   VPD #17   Nov. 29, 2005

TASHA LYNN ROSETTE

On November 22, 2005 at approximately 12:20 pm, police responded to a 911 call from a residence in the 14200 block of 72nd avenue in Surrey.  The body of a 21-year-old female was located in the residence.  Police later learned that Tasha, who is survived by a 3-year-old daughter, was 4 months pregnant at the time of the murder.  On Nov. 28, 2006 police announced that after a 1-year-long investigation investigators arrested Amjad Khan, 23, and Naim Mohammed Saghir, 23, both of Surrey for the murder.  Amjad Khan was reported to have been in a relationship with Tasha.  June 2013 Amjad Khan was convicted of first-degree murder and Naim Saghir was found not guilty.   RCMP File #Surrey 2005-147738   Nov. 22, 2005   Convicted   New trial ordered   1 convicted in retrial

SOMSACK XOUMANIVONG

On November 18, 2005 at approximately 9:45pm, police responded to a report of a two vehicle collision near the intersection of 160th street and 103rd avenue.   A 25 year old male was located in one of the vehicles and was transported to hospital with serious injuries. The male victim has now been identified as 25-year-old Surrey resident Somsack Xoumanivong, 25, who died as a result of gunshot wound(s). The investigation is ongoing and investigators are currently looking for a suspect male passenger who was in the vehicle where Xoumanivong was found. This unknown suspect fled the scene in a waiting dark coloured vehicle before the police arrived. Police have no further description for release to this time.  RCMP File #IHIT 2005-146143  Nov. 18, 2005   

VICTORIA (Vicki) KATHLEEN FAWKES

Investigators from the IHIT have confirmed that the body located yesterday in the 8000 block of Upper Prairie Road in Chilliwack, BC is that of a female whose death is believed to be the result of foul play. The body was badly burned and this has complicated efforts to ascertain the victim’s identity.   The victim has now been identified as Victoria Kathleen Fawkes,42. Fawkes, who was also known by the name of Vicki was a resident of Chilliwack who also frequented the Vancouver and Surrey area.  Police believe that Fawkes was murdered at another location and was then transported, in a dark colored pick up truck, from that location to the site where her body was recovered.  RCMP File #Chilliwack 2005-43131    Nov. 14, 2005    

LISA CUBIN

On November 12, 2005 at approximately 9:15am, police responded to a 911 call from a residence in the 18300blk of 20th avenue in Surrey.   The body of a 34-year-old female was located in the residence. An autopsy was conducted on Tuesday, November 15th, 2005.  As a result of the autopsy, investigators were able to confirm that the body is that of a Caucasian female whose death is the result of foul play.  On Saturday July 21, 2007 investigators of the IHIT arrested thirty-seven year-old Bradley John Benham, 37, of Surrey for the murder of his common-law wife Lisa Cubin.   RCMP File #Surrey 2004-143373   Nov. 12, 2005 

TIMOTHY WALTER PETERSON

On November 11, 2005 at approximately 7:45pm, police were called to assist the BC Ambulance Service on a medical emergency call to an apartment in the 13200blk of 104th avenue in Surrey. The victim has now been identified as 45-year-old Timothy Walter Peterson of Surrey.  Emergency personnel declared the victim deceased at scene.  On Sunday, November 13, 2005, 21-year-old Orlando Pasqua was arrested without incident and has been charged with Manslaughter.  The accused was known to the victim.  RCMP File #Surrey 2005-143161   Nov. 11, 2005

STANLEY WONG & JOHN PAUL LARKIN

Vancouver police have tracked down the owner of a Porsche Cayenne that mowed down three pedestrians on Remembrance Day, killing one and seriously injuring another.  35-year-old Stanley Wong was killed in the hit-and-run and 31-year-old John Paul Larkin died Nov. 21 of injuries he suffered in the early morning Remembrance Day tragedy.   Paul George Antunes, 31 was arrested Sept. 2006.   Nov. 11, 2005   5.5 years   Driver convicted   

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Police say the woman was crossing Kingsway near 34th Ave when a white van hit her at 10:30am.   Nov. 10, 2005  

CORY JACKSON JONAS

At 10:57 hrs Mission Detachment responded to a serious assault in which the victim later succumbed to his injuries. The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team has been called in to investigate this homicide in which a 26-year-old male has been killed.  A second degree murder charge has been laid against Colen John Chapman, 33, recently of Mission and previously from Coquitlam. The deceased has been identified as 26 year old Cory Jackson Jonas.   RCMP File #Mission 2005-14691/IHIT2005-41661    Nov. 2, 2005

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At approximately 12:40 am, Surrey RCMP responded to a pedestrian-involved collision at the intersection of King George Highway and 102nd Avenue. A female pedestrian was struck by a northbound vehicle and died as the result of her injuries. The male driver of the car did not stop after the collision but was stopped and arrested by RCMP officers at 104 Avenue. The driver immediately became the subject of an impaired driving investigation. This investigation is ongoing.   RCMP File #Surrey 2005-138656   Nov. 1, 2005    

TEJINDER SINGH GILL

The younger brother of a Halloween night homicide victim has been charged with his death.  Tejinder Singh Gill, 29, died after he was found critically injured at a house in the 9800 block of 116 Street about 4 a.m. on Tuesday.  His 24-year-old brother, Parminder Singh Gill, has been charged with second-degree murder.   RCMP File #IHIT  2005-138710   Oct. 31, 2005

HARJIT SINGH SAINI

At 11:00 PM, Police responded to a report of a fight in the grounds of Cougar Creek Elementary School.  BC Ambulance Service attended at scene to Harjit Saini, 19, who had been stabbed and died later from his injuries.   Charged with murder is 19-year-old Surrey resident, Sukhpreet Singh Bains.   Bains was not previously known to police and IHIT investigators do not believe this homicide to be drug or gang related.   Several witnesses have come forward to provide information but investigators believe dozens of youth were present at the time of the homicide. Investigators renew their appeal for any witnesses who have not spoken to police to come forward and assist police in their investigation.   RCMP File #Surrey 2005-138614  Oct. 31, 2005 

KYLE HEGLAND

On Friday night two vehicles traveling east bound on Mary Hill road hit a cyclist.   The first vehicle stopped and remained at the scene. The second vehicle left the scene immediately.   The cyclist was Kyle Hegland a 24 year old male Port Coquitlam resident who succumbed to his injuries and died at the scene.  File #Coquitlam 2005- 45822   Oct. 28, 2005  

SHELLY WESTBY

Just before 4:00pm, officers were called to Moody Park (corner of 8th street and 6th Ave) in uptown New Westminster pertaining to an argument between two adult females. The argument escalated and one female apparently stabbed the other. Shelly Westby, 47, of New Westminster was found deceased at the scene. Cheryl Lynn LaFlamme, 49, of New Westminster was taken into custody and has been charged with one count of Second Degree Murder.  NWPS file 05-28578   Oct. 18, 2005   

BRIAN WAYNE KEARNS

On October 18, 2005 at 2:44 AM, Police were called to a home in the 14100 block of 101st Ave. Upon attendance, it was determined that a recent homicide had occurred inside the residence. Human remains were found and an autopsy is pending. Police are not releasing further information about the victim or circumstances of the death at this time.  The adult male occupant was arrested without incident by Surrey RCMP. A charge of second degree murder has been laid against Surrey resident, 42-year-old Jes Kormanak.   RCMP File #Surrey 2005-132448   Oct. 18, 2005 

TONY ROBERTSON

Vancouver Police say their investigation of the city's 15th murder of the year is frustrating because they have no idea why the 51-year old man was attacked.  Tony Robertson was beaten and left for dead only seven blocks from his home.   Vancouver Homicide #15    Oct. 8, 2005 

CARLA DACH

A body dumped down the embankment to the Fraser River at the south end of Fraser Wood Way,  has been identified as Carla Dach, 47 of Surrey.   IHIT are appealing to the public in locating Dorothy Matsalla, 48, and Albert Trevor Peters, 44.  Mr. Peters is a person of interest in the death of Carla Dach and investigators from IHIT are seeking the public's assistance in locating his whereabouts.   File #Richmond 2005-127512    October 7, 2005

HARDEV SINGH SIDHU

Surrey RCMP now have identified the man found dead in a vehicle in the 136 hundred block of Grosvenor Road just before six this morning.  They thought they were attending a motor vehicle accident but inside the car, they found the body of 27 year old Hardev Singh Sidhu.  Sidhu is believed to have been involved in the drug trade.   He was shot to death.   RCMP File #Surrey 2005-124136     Sept. 30, 2005   Stepping up the ranks of Indo gangs   

LINDA JEAN LIGHT

A woman was found dead in the 20200-block of 24th Ave.  The body of the 45-year-old Langley resident was discovered on the road just after 2 a.m.  Langley RCMP said she had been struck by a vehicle, and are still looking for an older model white van that was seen near the crash site.   RCMP File #Langley 2005-34735  Sept. 26, 2005.

MARIA YVETTE MONZON

Police say the shooting death of a popular bartender was a targeted hit, but Constable Tim Fanning says they can't release where 31-year old Maria Yvette Monzon worked.   Monzon's body was found in her car outside her home in the 14-hundred block of West 53rd Avenue late Friday afternoon.  Vancouver Homicide #14   Sept. 24, 2005    

CYRIL GERARD WEST

Early Friday morning, police were called to an apartment complex near Commercial Drive and Pender where they found the body of 37-year old Cyril Gerard West in the courtyard.   His girlfriend 35-year old Holly May Duncan is facing a second degree murder charge.    Sept. 9, 2005   Police File #05-244958   Vancouver Homicide #13

UY VAN NGUYEN

On September 6, 2005 at 12:42 AM the Emergency Health Services personnel requested the assistance of the Langley RCMP at a residence situated in the 20200 block of 54 Avenue in Langley. Upon arrival police found a 25 year old man seriously injured. The male was immediately taken to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries a few hours later. The victim was well known to police and investigators do not believe that this was a random act of violence.  Sept. 6, 2005    RCMP File #Langley 2005-113363

ALLISON MARGARET CROWE

At approximately 8:00 AM members of the Surrey RCMP and Emergency Health Services responded to a report of an adult woman laying in an SUV-type vehicle. The vehicle was parked at the rear of the Real Canadian Superstore situated at 7550 King George Highway.  Jason Eric Hammerstrom, 34, of Surrey has been charged with second degree murder in the death of Allison Margaret Crowe, 37, also of Surrey.   RCMP File #Surrey 2005-112121   Sept. 3, 2005

MICHELLE CAROLINE CHOINIERE

A grieving aunt says the skeletal remains of her niece, a missing woman from Surrey, have been found in the Fraser Valley (Jan. 2008) where police allege a "serial killer" is preying on sex-trade workers.   Michelle Caroline Choiniere  was involved in prostitution and drug use, a profile similar to that of three women who have been linked to accused serial killer Davey Mato Butorac.  Missing Sept 2005  

LEXI MADSEN & HARTINDER (Harry) GILL

At around 9:30pm, several calls were made to 911 about shots fired near College Park Place.   That's near the University College of the Fraser Valley. Reports are that the shooting happened in a Cal-Tire parking lot and two people were found dead near a vehicle. The shooting of Hartinder (Harry) Gill, 26, on Sunday marks the third time in the past 13 months an Indo-Canadian man has been killed in Abbotsford.   In the latest shootout Lexi Madsen, 26, of Mission was killed along with Gill.  Aug. 28, 2005     Stepping up the ranks of Indo gangs

LUDMILA GECHTMAN

Sunday at approximately 11:50 am Coquitlam RCMP received numerous 911 calls advising that there was a disturbance at a residence in the 1100 block of Westwood Ave in Coquitlam, BC. Police responded and found that a serious assault had taken place. Two female victims were located. One was transported to hospital with serious injuries, the second had succumbed to her injuries. A male was arrested at the scene and is in police custody.   Eli Lechtman, 79, has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of Ludmila Gechtman, 81.  RCMP File #Coquitlam 2005-36679   August 28th, 2005 

FREDDY 'Jason' HERRERA

An 18-year-old man has died after an early morning attack in East Vancouver.  The victim had managed to stagger home after being stabbed in an alley just off the London Drugs parking lot near 41st and Victoria.  An ambulance took him away in serious condition but police have since confirmed he died from his wounds.  Francis 'Frankie' Brandon Mathews, a 19-year-old Vancouver resident, has been charged with the second degree murder of Jason Herrera.  Investigators have determined that the incident was not random and that the two young men knew each other.   Vancouver Homicide #12    Aug. 20, 2005   

CHARMAINE MORRIS

On August 17, 2005, Surrey RCMP responded to a 911 call in the 18200 block of 56A Avenue.  Upon arrival, officers located an injured woman, 52 year old Charmaine Morris, who later succumbed to her injuries.  A 24-year-old male was arrested at the scene and taken into police custody.  Wayne Barrington Rose, 24 years old, a U.S. resident has been charged with second degree murder.  RCMP File #Surrey 2005-104092  Aug. 17, 2005  

LAWRENCE SOON LIM

At approximately 11:15 p.m. Aug. 9, 2005, Burnaby RCMP attended “Top 10 Billiards” Pool Hall at 6722 Hastings for a report of a fight that had just occurred.  When police arrived it was determined an unknown group of individuals had assaulted five males that were playing cards in the pool hall.   The assailants faces were covered with masks and T-shirts when they entered the premise.  The group entered the pool hall and began assaulting five males playing cards. The group used golf clubs, a bat and a pool cue in the vicious attack. A gun was produced, but not discharged. The incident occurred quickly. The assailants fled the scene immediately. Three of the five card players were injured and taken to hospital.  Two were transported with non-life threatening injuries.  One of the three, Lawrence Soon Lim, 19, succumbed to his injuries at Vancouver General Hospital.   Video surveillance from the area has been seized and is being reviewed by police. Police are exploring the possibility that this is not a random attack.   August 9, 2005   RCMP   File #Burnaby 2005-43439  

NAME NOT RELEASED

Burnaby RCMP were called at 8:59 Aug. 8 after several witnesses reported shots fired.  When officers arrived they confirmed that a Jeep Cherokee which was being driven west on Canada Way had been shot at and the driver had lost control of his vehicle and crossed the eastbound lane, then it crashed into a lamp standard.   The two occupants, a male driver and a female passenger were transported to a hospital.   Witnesses say a newer silver coloured Dodge Caravan van pulled up beside an SUV at Norland and Canada Way.   Someone stepped out of the van with a gun, fired two shots into the SUV, and then the van sped away.  A 28-year-old Asian Burnaby resident has succumbed to his injuries..   RCMP won't say if they think it was a gang hit.  RCMP File #Burnaby 2005-49463  August 8th, 2005    

JOANNE WARNETT

At approximately 10:30 PM on August 2nd, 2005 Surrey RCMP officers were on foot in the 8400blk of 152 street responding to a non-emergency call when a 2 vehicle collision occurred nearby on 152 street. Three occupants were located in one of the vehicles.  Joanne Warnett of Coquitlam, 57, one of the occupants has been pronounced dead at scene.   When officers approached the second vehicle they noted 3 males feeing from the scene. Police are still seeking the three individuals described in previous releases. 1. South Asian male, 20's, 5'11, wearing a white shirt and beige shorts. 2. South Asian male, 20's, 5'6, wearing dark track pants or jeans, bright shirt, slim build. 3. , 23, of Vancouver, identified himself to police after his picture was plastered over media outlets and  was arrested and charged January 13, 2006.   RCMP File #Surrey 2005-97082   Aug. 2, 2005       

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A 51-year-old man was shot dead Monday morning in his Coquitlam home, where police discovered more than 200 marijuana plants worth an estimated $30,000.  RCMP spokesman Cpl. Pierre Lemaitre said police believe the shooting in the 1100-block of Charland Avenue was directly connected to the marijuana-growing operation.   RCMP File #Coquitlam 2005-31831  August 1, 2005    

RITA YEUNG, MARGARET KEMBO

On July 29th 2005 the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team arrested Charles Kembo, also known as Charles Matthew Gwazah, 37, for the murder of Rita Yeung, 21. The murder took place on July 24th 2005, her remains were recovered July 27th in Richmond BC.  Kembo is also charged with the October 2002 murder of his wife, Margaret Kembo, 44, Richmond BC, the biological mother of Rita Yeung.  Also the November 2004 murder of his girlfriend, Sui Ma, 55, of Delta BC.   On November 5th 2004 Richmond RCMP located human remains in a slough near Rice Mill Rd. IHIT took over the investigation and later determined that the remains were those of Sui Ma.  While investigating the murder of Sui Ma and the disappearance of Margaret Kembo investigators determined that Rita Yeung had met with foul play. Investigation revealed sufficient evidence to charge Charles Kembo for her murder.   This complex investigation has spanned over ten months and continues. It also includes the November 2003, murder of Vancouver resident Arden Samuel, 38. He was the business partner of Charles Kembo. These murders were not random in nature. Each victim was known to Charles. The investigation includes numerous frauds and related criminal activity.   Police are still trying to locate the remains of Margaret Kembo.   RCMP File #IHIT  2005E  July 24, 2005    Charles Kembo

NAME NOT RELEASED

The 21 year old victim was murdered and it was not a random attack but police are not releasing how he was killed.  He was living in a basement suite at 1112 Leroy Street in Northeast Vancouver since February. The body was found by the landlord last night  Police say they believe this was not a random attack because of the victim's extensive criminal history.   VPD  Police File #05-185461 – Homicide #11   July 24, 2005 

SHINGARA THANDI

An elderly man who was assaulted and robbed in Surrey's Bear Creek Park last month has died of his injuries. Shingara Thandi, 76, was attacked on July 19 and died on Aug. 6. He was found unconscious in a washroom in the park, with no ID.  Police had already arrested two teenage suspects – a 13-year-old and a 15-year-old remain in custody.   July 19, 2005     

MEWA SINGH BAINS

An elderly man who was assaulted and robbed in Surrey's Bear Creek Park has died of his injuries. Mewa Singh Bains, 84, was attacked on July 18 and died Sept. 6.   Police had already arrested two teenage suspects - a 13-year-old and a 15-year-old in custody.  July 18, 2005    

ROGELIO BRIONES

Burnaby RCMP were called to attend an apartment in the 4300 block of Maywood in order to determine the whereabouts of a man who was reported overdue at his place of employment. With the assistance of the Burnaby Fire Department officers were able to gain entry into the man’s residence.  The deceased has been identified as Rogelio Briones, 57.  Jonathon Andrew Yorke, 18, has been charged with 2nd Degree Murder. RCMP File #Burnaby 2005-37044   July 9th, 2005

MATTHEW MARTINS

Surrey RCMP were called to the Surrey Central Bus loop with a report of a “man down.  Upon arrival at scene RCMP officers located a Caucasian male who was transported to hospital for treatment of serious injuries.  The 16-year-old victim, Matthew Martins, a Vancouver resident, was pronounced dead by hospital staff.   Investigators have charged Katherine Anne Quinn with first-degree murder and attempted robbery, and Robert Allan Forslund with second-degree murder, in relation to this incident.   RCMP File #Surrey 2005-81822   July 2nd , 2005  

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EDMUND JAMES KENNEDY

Residents discovered a 49 year old deceased male in the basement of the rooming house at 2438 Renfrew Street.  Peter Kontzamanis, the rooming house landlord, was arrested at the Vancouver International Airport and faces a second-degree murder charge for the death of Edmund James Kennedy.  Police File#05-164017 Homicide #10   June 29, 2005

LAWRENCE KEITH NELSON

Two men were involved in a confrontation in the third floor of an apartment building at 1376 Bute Street around 7 p.m. when one man pulled a knife and stabbed the other.   Ryan Almos, 28,  who also goes by the names Jason Michael Brantley and Christopher Ryan Hebert, has been arrested for the stabbing of Lawrence Keith Nelson, 28.   Almos is an American citizen and is wanted on a Canada wide deportation warrant.   Police File #05-156489 – Vancouver Homicide #9     June 20, 2005

ANGUS STIRLING

On June 15th, 2005, Chilliwack RCMP responded to a complaint of a found body. A deceased adult male was located in a residence at 5456 Vedder Road, Chilliwack, B.C. The male has been identified as Angus Stirling a 49-year-old Chilliwack resident.   RCMP Chilliwack File #2005-20448    June 15, 2005     

CHELSEY KAYLA DAWN ACORN

On April 8th 2006, campers in the area of the Carolin Mines Exit, on the Coquihalla Highway, came across a suspicious depression in a treed area and discovered what they thought might be a human bone.   The following day, investigators, archeological and anthropology experts attended to the scene and exhumed the body of a young female.  A forensic odontologist positively identified our victim as: Chelsey Kayla Dawn Acorn.  Chelsey was 14 years of age, caucasian female, who measured 5'3" in height, she had brown hair with red streaks.   Chelsey was last seen on June 10th 2005 in the Abbotsford area.  Chelsey was reported as a missing person to the Abbotsford Police on June 11th 2005.  Jesse Blue West, 60, was found guilty in the first-degree murder of Chelsea Acorn, 14 in 2013.  West’s son Dustin Moir was already convicted of Acorn’s murder in 2010.   RCMP File #Hope 2006-12003   June 11, 2005   New trial ordered   Judge error forces new trial    Jesse Blue West convicted   Guilty   Father and son accused

BRIAN STANLEY PEACOCK

A Burnaby man has been identified as the passenger who died after a reckless drive through Langley and Surrey ended in an accident early Saturday.  Brian Stanley Peacock, 24, died when the car he was in crashed on 64th Avenue.  The 19-year-old man from Delta who was driving is seriously injured and the other passenger, a 19-year-old Surrey woman, is recovering from critical injuries.   June 4, 2005  

NAME NOT RELEASED

Burnaby RCMP were called at 9:38 last night to attend a fight in progress at Pub Med located at 6879 Kingsway. Witnesses stated that 10 people were physically fighting with pool cues and cue balls.   Officers arrived to discover that many of the people involved in the brawl had already left the Pub. What they did find was a lot of broken glass and some males nursing some of their arms with bags of ice to prevent swelling following the fight.   While the investigators were piecing together the chain of events with numerous witnesses, a female Pub employee found the body of a woman in rear of the Pub.   May 31, 2005   File #Burnaby 2005-29032  

MICHAEL YUNG MING WONG

Michael Yung Ming Wong was killed on May 26th outside a restaurant in Chinatown. Wong was getting into his SUV when a small import car pulled up beside him and fired several bullets.   Wong was known to police and they believe he was targetted.   They have questioned more than 20 witnesses, but still don't have any strong leads.   Police say he does have a criminal history.    May 26, 2005  Vancouver Police File #05-135445 – Homicide #8

DEAN MOHAMED ELSHAMY

Surrey RCMP and Delta PD responded to shots fired in the parking lot at the Mac’s Convenience Store located at 72nd and Scott Road.  Dean Mohamed Elshamy a male 30-year old was found deceased in his vehicle.  While he was not known to police investigators do not believe this homicide to be a random act.  In the vehicle with the victim was Sandip Singh Duhre, the man police believe the killers were after.    RCMP File #Surrey 2005-58268    May 13, 2005   Stepping up the ranks of Indo gangs    

NASRAT PARSA

After a concert in Vancouver Afghan singer Nasrat Parsa, 36, was approached by 3 men outside his hotel.  Ahmad Seiar Froogh, 19, of Burnaby was charged with manslaughter after punching him in the head causing Parsa to fall down some stairs.  He later died from his injuries.    Vancouver Police File #05-109222 – Homicide #7    May 7, 2005    Nasrat Parsa  

INDERJIT SINGH 'Andy' RAI

Police responded to a report of shots fired in the 9800 block of 140th Street in Surrey. Officers located one victim at scene who later died of his wounds in hospital.   Inderjit Singh Rai, 23, the East Indian male victim was a Surrey resident.   Police said they did not believe that this was a random act and that Rai was known to them.    RCMP File #Surrey 2005-55568   May 7, 2005   Stepping up the ranks of Indo gangs

JARSLAW JAWORSKI

Two inmates were stabbed at Kent Institution in Agassiz.   Jarslaw Jaworski, 33, succumbed to his injuries.  Orville West was treated for his injuries at the Chilliwack Genereal Hospital.  Members of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team, with the assistance of the Security Intelligence Officers at Kent Institution investigated the incidents. Subsequent to the investigation 3 other inmates have been arrested and charged.   On May 27 2005, David Anaka, 24, Darryn Nelson, 30, and Luke Kenward, 28, were charged the First Degree Murder of Jaworski.   David Anaka has also been charged with the Attempt Murder of Orville West.    April 12 2005    RCMP File #Chilliwack 2005-11321  

ABRAHAM HABIB TRUMAINE & Unknown

Vancouver police say two men have been killed in a shooting at a Downtown Eastside hotel well known for drug-related violence.  One man died at the scene at the New Wings Rooming House Monday night, and the other died at St. Paul's Hospital.   Homicide victim #5 has been positively identified as Abraham Habib Trumaine, a 23-year-old man of no fixed address.    April 4, 2005   Vancouver Police File #05-079184 – Homicide #5 & #6

SUKHWINDER SINGH JAWANDA

Sukhwinder Singh Jawanda, 27, son of former Sikh leader Mohinder Singh Jawanda, was in a black Ford pickup truck on Bradner Road with Rajan Aulakh, 28, from Surrey when the vehicle was struck by several shots, according to Abbotsford police.   Police say Jawanda died at the scene, while the 28-year-old remains in critical condition in hospital.   RCMP  File #Abbotsford2005-13447   April 2, 2005   Stepping up the ranks of Indo gangs

JOSEPH CHAN

Benjamin Bleinis, 23, of Richmond is accused of stealing an SUV and then running a stop sign, smashing into another car and killing its driver.  He is charged with auto theft and dangerous driving causing death. The victim has been identified as 33-year-old Joseph Chan, a Port Coquitlam pastor who worked with youth.   RCMP  File #Richmond 05-10985   March 29, 2005     

JANICE LOUISE NEWBERGHER

Langley RCMP received a 911 call at approximately 4:35 AM Sunday morning regarding a possible shooting at a residence in the Aldergrove area of Langley. Upon police arrival, the deceased body of Janice Louise Newbergher, 48, was discovered and the shooting confirmed.   Barry Tyler Wild, 22, of Langley, has been charged with the second-degree murder of his stepmother.  RCMP File #Langley 2005-10684    Mar. 27, 2005 

ESTER KITE

At approximately 8:30am Surrey RCMP responded to a complaint of an unresponsive female at a residence located at 9227 - 138 St in Surrey.  Upon arrival, it was determined that Ester Kite, the 39-year-old Surrey female was deceased. She was the common-law wife of Vincent Lawrence Ruck, 43 , who has been charged with one count of second degree murder.  Police can confirm that the homicide was the result of a domestic dispute.      RCMP File #Surrey 2005-35115   March 23, 2005

JARROD COLE CAMERON

The Surrey RCMP are appealing for public help in finding the driver involved a fatal hit and run accident Thursday night in Whalley.  The victim is identified as 21-year-old Jarrod Cole Cameron.  As a result of a phone tip, members of the Surrey RCMP attended to the 13900 block of 101st Avenue, Surrey, BC and recovered the gold Chrysler Intrepid that was the subject of interest in this fatal hit and run investigation. The vehicle has been seized and a forensic examination is pending.  RCMP File #Surrey 2005-32687   March 18, 2005

GRANT DEPATIE

Two teenaged boys were arrested Tuesday after a gas station attendant was found dead after he was dragged for about 7.5 kilometres behind a car he tried to stop when the driver gassed up without paying.  Mounties say a 16-year old from Maple Ridge and a 15-year old from Pitt Meadows are in custody.  RCMP File #Ridge Meadows 2005-5469   Mar. 8, 2005   

EDWARD STEPHEN MOWERS

Investigators have been unable to find any next-of-kin for Vancouver’s 4th homicide victim of the year and are releasing his name in hopes of finding them. Edward Stephen Mowers, 46-years-old and born July 27, 1958, died in hospital on March 1st after bystanders found him with a stab wound in the 1000 block of E.12th Ave.   Police are looking for Tam Thanh Truong born December 3rd, 1953.  He is Vietnamese, 52 years old, 5’3” and approximately 140 lbs. He has numerous tattoos, including a dragon on his chest and on each leg.  Vancouver Police File #05-049809 – Homicide #4   Mar. 1, 2005   

MARK JAMES THROWER

At 1:20pm Richmond RCMP received a 911 call advising that a number of gun shots were fired.  Richmond officers attended and confirmed that an adult male was the victim of a homicide.  The victim Mark James Thrower, 37, resided in unit #416-5880 Dover Cr and was known to police. Cause of death has been determined as a result of gunshot wounds.   RCMP File #Richmond 2005-7319   Feb. 28, 2005    MORE:  Who killed Mark Thrower   Lower Mainland Violent Deaths 2003

DOLLY ROY, SHAUN TURCOTTE & TERRANCE COURTICE 

On Sunday February 27, 2005 a green Honda Del Sol and a Silver 2-Door compact Sports Car were proceeding at a high rate of speed Eastbound along Lougheed Highway.  At Laity Street the Honda lost control and crashed into a Ford Taurus Station Wagon that was heading Westbound.  Two other westbound vehicles, a Plymouth Sundance and BMW were involved in the fatal crash, and the occupants were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  Killed were Dolly Roy, 45, whose Taurus was broadsided by the speeding Honda Del Sol and the occupants of the Honda Shaun Turcotte, 22,  and Terrance Courtice, 23, of Mission.  The Honda Del Sol is registered to Shaun Turcotte and it is confirmed that Shaun was driving at the time of the collision.  The two ladies that were in the Sundance are both in their 60's. The male driver of the BMW is in his late 40's and from Maple Ridge.   RCMP File #Ridge Meadows 2005-4756   Feb 27, 2005   

DARLENE JOAN BROWN

Langley RCMP received a call at approximately 4:50 PM Wednesday afternoon regarding a domestic dispute in the 4800 block of 207th Street. Upon police arrival the deceased body of fifty-two-year-old Darlene Joan Brown was discovered.   Police have arrested Preston Edward Henley, 63, Langley man who was not previously known to them. The accused remains in police custody, however, is currently at a local area hospital being treated for an unrelated illness.  Investigators have learned that the couple were in a long term common-law relationship, and had become estranged sometime in the past few weeks.    RCMP File #Langley 2005-6468   Feb. 23, 2005

HARPREET SINGH KHURMEE

Delta Police say the victim was a 34-year old Indo-Canadian man and he was shot to death.  The victim has been identified as 34-year old Harpreet Khurmee of Surrey.  Investigators remain at the location where the body was found near Chester and Durwent Way on Annacis Island   Delta File: 05-4110   Feb. 21, 2005   Truckloads of pot   

LLOYD ALEXANDER RUF

A 911 call was received asking for police assistance in the area of the Trans Canada Highway and Prest Road westbound off ramp.  Upon arriving at the scene one male was located suffering from serious injuries. This male was transported to Chilliwack General Hospital where he died of his injuries.   The victim and the suspect were known to each other.   The investigation has led to a charge of Manslaughter being aid against Melvin Clifford Andrew, 24, of Chilliwack, BC. in the death of Lloyd Alexander Ruf, 43, also of Chilliwack.   RCMP File #Chilliwack 2005-5113   Feb. 18, 2005   

NAME NOT RELEASED

Two people are dead after what Vancouver police believe was a murder-suicide in the Killarney area.   Police say it appears a 69-year-old man killed his 60-year-old wife – then took his own life.   (CBC)   Feb. 1, 2005

RALPH HELMUT EHRKE

On Monday January 31, 2005 in the early afternoon Langley RCMP were called to the area of 56 Avenue and 200th street after the body of thirty-one-year-old Ralph Helmut Ehrke was discovered by a family member in his residence. Family members entered the apartment after not hearing from Ehrke over the weekend.   Police feel that this is not a random act. Ralph Ehrke was known to police. Police are not prepared at this time to disclose the manner in which Ehrke was murdered.    RCMP File #Langley 2005-3678    Jan. 31. 2005  

RONAYE FARRELL

Vancouver Police Major Crime Squad detectives arrested a young man in South Vancouver in connection with the city's second homicide of 2005.  78 year old Ronaye Farrell, a prominent member of the Kabalarian Society and retired Vancouver School Board employee, was discovered outside Safeway on the pavement in the parking lot of Oakridge Mall Sunday evening, January 30th.  She was injured, and crying for help.  She died a short time later, after being rushed to hospital by paramedics.  Charged with manslaughter are Barinder Kumar Kaler, 26, and Darrell Albert Kelly, 29.   Vancouver Homicide #2   Jan. 30, 2005     

NAME NOT RELEASED

Berris Ambrose Smith 26, was arrested, after a man was shot and killed at the New Wings rooming house.  When police arrived, they found a man who had been shot in one of the rooms.  He was taken to hospital and died a short time later.   Police have not released the name of the victim.   Vancouver Homicide #1    Jan. 28, 2005   

DAVID FIRENZE

A 26-year-old Burnaby woman has pleaded guilty to a charge of criminal negligence causing death in connection with a car crash that killed 23-year-old David Firenze of North Vancouver on the Trans-Canada Highway seven months ago.   Jenny Woloshyn pleaded guilty to the charge Sept. 2 in Surrey provincial court. She will be sentenced in December.   Firenze was driving home after dropping off his girlfriend in East Vancouver on Jan. 20 when his BMW was hit head-on by a Toyota 4Runner being driven by Woloshyn the wrong way in the westbound lane on the Trans-Canada Highway.  Jan. 20, 2005  

JOHN DAVID BLAND

A mental health worker in Richmond has been stabbed to death and a former client has been arrested in the case.  RCMP say later yesterday afternoon 62 year old John David Bland was found by four female co-workers in the parkade at the Coast Mental Health Unit on Number 3 Road in Richmond.  Bland told them he’d been stabbed by a former male client and identified him, before dying several hours later in hospital.  Roy Dalen, a 49-year-old Richmond man has now been charged with first-degree murder.    On March 11 two additional suspects were arrested at their respective homes. Charge of Accessory After Fact To Murder Sec 240 C.C. have been laid against Mitul Devia age 24 of Delta BC.  Additional charges are pending against a 22 year old resident of New Westminster.      RCMP File #Richmond 05-2341, IHIT: 05-7760     Jan. 19, 2005 

JATINDER SINGH NATT & SUKHJINDER SINGH SOHAL

Jatinder Singh (Jerry) Natt, 22, was the man found dead in a blue pickup truck near the park-and-ride lot during a routine RCMP traffic stop.  The owner of the truck,  Sukhjinder Singh Sohal, 39, was badly wounded and died in hospital on Sunday.  Jerry and his elder brother were charged with assault and possession of a weapon in connection with a June 18, 2000 incident in Vancouver.   Both Natt and Sohal were known to police and investigators believe that their deaths are related to drug and/or gang activity.  RCMP File #Surrey 2005-4975  Jan. 13, 2005

DANIEL WILLIAM DAYTON

The Surrey R-C-M-P are dealing with their first apparent murder in the New Year.  On January 10, 2005 at approximately 2:30 A.M, Emergency Health Services responded to a report of a man down in the middle of the road in the area of 126 Street and 96 Avenue. As EHS arrived on scene they discovered that Daniel William Dayton, 28, had been shot and he had already passed away. The Integrated Homicide investigation Team has taken over the investigation and they are seeking to speak to any persons who may have seen or heard anything in that area early this morning.  Police found a marijuana grow operation upon searching the deceased's residence.    RCMP File #Surrey 2005-3743     Jan. 10, 2005

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