Vancouver/Lower Mainland Violent Deaths 2012


Police have identified the victim and suspect of a New Year’s Eve homicide in Langley.  Cole Adam Manning, 40, was allegedly killed in a home in the 19800-block of 69 Ave early Monday morning.  The suspect, Jason Terrence Brewer, 24, was arrested in Aldergrove after a brief vehicle chase and charged with second-degree murder.   (LM #42)   Dec 31, 2012  IHIT File# 2012-3715   Victim, suspect identified   Homicide   Arrest after chase


New Westminster police have identified the man killed in what they are now calling a targeted homicide.  Sam Balani, 32, was found shot to death in his home at around 6:15am Thursday.  Police responded to a house in the 500-block of Colby St after reports of shots fired.  Police found Balani's body in the basement suite he was renting and IHIT was called in to the scene.   (LM #41)   Dec 27, 2012   Victim identified


After months of well-publicized threats to his life, gangster Sukh Dhak and his bodyguard Thomas Mantel were shot to death in a brazen targeted execution at the busy Executive Hotel Monday morning.  (LM #39 & #40)   Nov 26, 2012   2 dead in shooting   Hells Angels competitor shot dead   2 confirmed dead   Gangs   Bikers   Dhak-Duhre gang  


Homicide investigators were called to a suite in an apartment building on 128 St near 95 Ave at about 5:45pm Sunday to find Jeremy McLellan, 35, stabbed.    IHIT announced that William Engebretsen, 54, was charged with second-degree murder in the case.  Engebretsen lived at the apartment with McLellan and McLellan’s mother before the stabbing.   May 2015 Engebretsen pleaded guilty to manslaughter.   (LM #38)   Nov 25, 2012   IHIT File# 2012-3353    Suspect charged   Stabbing   Man stabbed 


The body found in a badly burnt car following a suspicious fire on Nov 17th has now been identified.  Investigators believe the car fire was deliberately set.  Fire and Rescue Services were called to the fire in the 1500-block of Carolina St around 7:30pm.  The victim has been identified as Matthew Johnathon Hall, 23, of Richmond.   (LM #37)  VPD #9   Nov 17, 2012  Human remains found   Remains found inside burnt car


The body of Panagiota Zerbinos, 43, was found inside a home on the 8400-block of 148A St on Thursday afternoon.  Two days later police arrested her daughter Gloria Zerbinos, 28, and charged her with second-degree murder.  (LM #36)  IHIT File# 2012-3172   Nov 8, 2012   Woman arrested in inmate death   Woman charged   Woman charged with killing mom


Alexander Julian Liang, 21, of Vancouver is dead after a targeted shooting at his east Vancouver home in the 3200-block of E 6th Ave just after 10:30pm.  The victim is known to police.  (LM #35)   VPD #8  Oct 21, 2012   Targeted shooting   Man shot


Hans Krahenbuhl, 79, has been charged with manslaughter in the death of an 84 year-old woman who was critically injured in an East Vancouver care home.  (LM #34)   VPD #7   Oct 25, 2012


Police identified the victim of New Westminster’s homicide as January Marie Lapuz, 26, who legally changed her name from John Carlo Embo Lapuz in 2008.  The stabbing death happened in the 500-block of 3rd Ave at about 10pm on Saturday and Lapuz died later in hospital.  June 2014 - Charles Jameson Neel, 20, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in Lapuz’s death.  (LM #33)   IHIT File# 2012-2841  Sept 29, 2012   8 years   Guilty plea   Transgender support group mourns victim


A 32-year-old man well-known to police was shot and killed in what appears to be a targeted attack.  Police spokesman said the victim was shot at, or outside, a home on the 900-block of Wallace Wynd just after 10am.  He was rushed to hospital but died soon after from his wounds.   An area resident said the victim was shot three times, including in the chest and abdomen.  The area resident said the victim was Joseph Allen Markel who lived at home with his parents.  (LM #32)   Sept 8, 2012   Targeted   Shooting


A man was shot dead Thursday outside a Surrey strip mall in a scene police say had "all the markings" of a targeted hit.  The man was sitting in the passenger seat of a vehicle in a parking lot at King George Boulevard & 68th Ave. At around 2:45pm one or more men approached the vehicle and began shooting.  The victim was pronounced dead on arrival at hospital.  Sources identified the victim as Jag Johal, brother of Shminder Singh Johal, who was sentenced to prison in July for his role in a cocaine-smuggling operation.  (LM #31)   IHIT File# 2012-2623   Sept 6, 2012   Targeted shooting 


On August 23, 2012 at 11:45 pm Surrey RCMP attended the 15800-block of 110th Ave in Surrey for several calls of shots fired.  RCMP located a male suffering from gunshot wounds who was pronounced deceased at the scene.  The victim has been identified as Christopher Pammenter, 46.  He is known to police and at this point it appears to be a targeted, gang related shooting.   (LM #30)  IHIT File# 2012-2484   Aug 23, 2012   Hells Angels associate gunned down   Drive-by shooting   Gang-related shooting  Trail leads from drug raid to murders


IHIT has taken over the probe into human remains found in North Vancouver.  The grisly discovery was made off a gravel foot trail near the 2000-block of Curling Road.  The body was found by a local resident after several neighbours noticed a terrible smell emanating from the area.  Police said due to the level of decomposition of the body, it may take several days until information on the sex or age of the victim is known.  Nov 2014 the body was identified as Iranian national Fatemah Norouzy-Pooresfahany, or Sara Norouzy, 31, who was living in North Vancouver at the time of her murder.   (LM #29)   IHIT File# 2012-2454   Aug 18, 2012    Jane Doe identified   Victim ID'd   IHIT takes over   Human remains  


At 12:35am the Richmond RCMP responded to a 911 call in the 8700-block of Ackroyd Road to assist BC Ambulance Service with an injured male.  The victim, a 38 year old Richmond resident, was pronounced deceased at the scene. Pui Chun Winnie Poon, a 35 year old female, believed to be the victim’s wife, has been arrested.   (LM #28)     IHIT File# 2012-2373  Aug 14, 2012   Charges laid   Stabbing   Suspect charged


Shortly after 9pm, a 911 caller reported hearing the sound of screaming coming from the rear lane of 3433 Renfrew St.  Behind the building police found Ronald William March, 57,  who had apparently been stabbed multiple times.  Lance Wraye Standberg, 47, a person of interest has been charged with dangerous driving and fleeing from an officer after a vehicle collided with a police car in East Vancouver early Thursday morning.  (LM #27)   VPD #6   Aug 8, 2012   Victim identified   'Person of interest' charged


Gangster Randy Naicker, one of the founders of the Independent Soldiers, was gunned down in Port Moody.  Police were investigating the shooting that occurred near  St John's and Queens streets at around 5:30pm.   (LM #26)   June 25, 2012   Gangs   Gangster shot   Gang co-founder shot


Just after 2:30am RCMP received a 911 call to attend a residence in the 6400-block of Glover Road for what was described as a domestic dispute.  RCMP attended and located several individuals outside of a residence in the area. A further search revealed two injured individuals inside the home who appeared to be the victims of gunshot wounds. The inside of the home was thickly doused in bear spray.  Gordon Spencer, 27, was declared dead at the scene, while Bruce Mayo, 25, succumbed to his injuries after being transported to hospital.  (LM #24 & #25)   IHIT File# 2012-1777  June 23, 2012   Suspicious fire burns down murder home     Double shooting victims


Yuan Xi “William” Tang, 25, was found guilty of second-degree murder.  Tang’s mother, Lianjie Guo, 47, went missing during a visit to Canada with her husband in June 2012.  Her badly decomposed body was eventually found in a suitcase, which police believe was dumped off the coast of Richmond and floated to the Sunshine Coast.   June 2012  17 years   Found guilty   Guilty of killing mother


A gangster connected to the embattled Dhak/Duhre crime group was fatally shot outside a busy Port Moody recreation centre.  The victim, Gurbinder Singh Toor, 35, of Squamish had just left his parked vehicle on his way to a floor-hockey game inside the Port Moody Recreation Complex at about 9: 30pm, when he was hit with a shower of bullets.  According to witness reports, about 10 shots were heard, and a dark SUV was seen driving away.   (LM #23)   May 30, 2012   Gang associate shot   Dhak-Duhre gang members attacked


At 9:30pm the Burnaby RCMP responded to a 911 call at a business in the 6500 block of Royal Oak Ave.  RCMP attended and located two deceased individuals who appeared to be the victims of foul play.  Huong (Andy) Tran, a 36-year-old Burnaby man, and an unidentified woman are dead after a shooting inside Royal Oak Sushi House of which Tran was the owner.  On May 30th RCMP shot Angus David Mitchell, a person of interest, in a shootout.   (LM #21 & #22)  IHIT File# 2012-1507   May 27, 2012   Suspect had a hit list   Seized rifle matched   2nd victim identified   Suspect killed in shootout   Police ID 1   Man, woman shot


A 52-year-old woman is facing impaired driving charges after allegedly killing a cyclist and crashing her SUV while being trailed by police early Thursday morning.  Jon Burstynski, 36, has been identified as the cyclist. Christine Anne Marchand faces charges.   May 24, 2012  

Driver charged   Facing charges   Victim identified   Cyclist killed


RCMP were called to Ridge Meadows Hospital around 2:30am where the victim was being treated after the fight, which occurred a short time earlier near the intersection of 223rd St & McIntosh Ave.  The victim later died from his injuries. Selvin Krishna, 36, who made the province's most wanted car thief list for the first time in 2006 has been identified as the person who was murdered.   (LM #20)   IHIT File# 2012-1345   May 13, 2012   Identified   Stabbing  


Around 3:30am VPD received a call from a man asking for assistance at a suite on East 12th Ave. VPD members entered the apartment and during a search of the suite, they found an elderly woman deceased.  The woman has been identified as Ethel Fenotti, 72.  Her son Richard Glenn Shields, 50, is charged with second degree murder.  (LM #19)   VPD #5     May 10, 2012   8 years 


On May 5, 2012 at 10:30am a deceased 80 year old male was located by his wife in an outbuilding on their property in the 31700-block of Huntingdon Road.  On May 7th, 2012 an autopsy was completed on the victim and it was determined that the he sustained injuries that are consistent with a homicide.  The victim has been identified as Nirmal Bains. (LM #18)   IHIT File# 2012-1286   May 5, 2012  Senior was murdered  


A 21-year-old man has been identified after a shooting in Surrey.  Members of the Surrey RCMP were called to a residence on the 23434 70th Ave where in the basement they found Noel Jackson dead from gunshot wounds.  Jonathan Michael Kishimoto, 21, and Michael Alexander Ross, 24, have been arrested and charged in the murder.  Feb 2014 Jonathan Michael Kishimoto, who was charged with second-degree murder, pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter.  (LM #17)    IHIT File# 2012-1236   May 3, 2012   10 years for murder   2 charged   Victim ID'd 


Since returning from a California prison 3 months ago, longtime Vancouver gangster Ranjit Singh Cheema had been trying to muscle his way back into the lucrative BC drug trade before he was gunned down Wednesday.  In the process, Cheema disrespected some of his former underlings who have moved up in the business since the 43-year-old went to jail.  Some close to Cheema, as well as police sources, believe recent disputes with old associates could have led to the gangland execution of the former south slope crime boss in front of his parents’ house on E 61st Ave.  (Vancouver Sun)  (LM #16)   VPD #4   May 2, 2012   Gangster reported dead   Gangster shot outside parents' home  


50-year-old Thomas Gisby was shot twice at close range at a Starbucks in Nuevo Vallarta. Police say Gisby was the head of his own gang called the Gisby Crime Group and was involved in drug trafficking as well as other illegal activities for two decades.  RCMP also considered Gisby BC's number one public safety threat this year.   April 28, 2012   Competition   Alleged trafficker gunned down   Dhak-Duhre gang members attacked   Strange death of Tom Gisby


Tashina Rae Sutherland's body was found by Surrey RCMP after police received a call that a woman in the 10600-block of 138 St needed medical attention. Sutherland, 23, was pronounced dead at the scene.  June 2014 Jessica Ashley Hanley, 23, who stabbed her best friend and 'soul sister' 41 times, was sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter.  (LM #15)   IHIT File# 2012-1169   April 26, 2012   10 years   Arrest   Woman killed  



At approximately 1:10pm the Richmond RCMP received a 911 call of shots fired.  The shooting occurred at the intersection of Katsura St and Ferndale Road outside of an apartment complex and Police believe that after the shooting the male suspect entered a vehicle and fled the area.  The male victim has been identified as Richmond resident, Justine Nethaniel Po, 36.  Justine Nethaniel Po is the second person involved in the murder of Lotus Gang boss Raymond Chan to be murdered in Richmond.  His co-accused Mark James Thrower was shot to death at his apartment in February 2005 - the same day he was to go to trial for killing the high-profile gangster in May 2003.  (LM #14)   IHIT File# 2012-1101  April 18, 2012    Man gunned down


The RCMP were called to the 20700-block of River Road at about 9am Friday after a body was discovered.  The victim is David Bourgeois, 41.  Mr. Bourgeois is known to police and appeared to be active in the drug trade.   (LM #13)   IHIT File# 2012-918    March 30, 2012   Victim ID'd   Body found    


VANCOUVER - The events that led to Mahdi's shooting took place in the wee hours of Oct. 14th, 2006 at and near the Chevron gas station in Cedar Hills.  Mahdi was shot in the neck, right below his right ear. The bullet grazed his left ear on its way out, after smashing his vertebrae.  He spent the rest of his life paralyzed from the neck down, with a ventilation machine breathing for him. Shot at 18, he died of kidney failure on March 25, 2012, at the age of 24.  Jan 2015 Fushpinder Singh Brar, 30, was arrested and charged with manslaughter.   March 25, 2012   Charge in 2006 shooting


Shortly after 6am on Monday March 19th, Vancouver Police responded to a call of a stabbing inside the Cobalt Hotel and found Chelsea Rose Holden, 28, inside who had been stabbed.  She was rushed to hospital but died a short time later.  May 2014 Xavier Sacha Gellatly pleaded guilty to manslaugther. Police said that Holden was in the wrong place at the wrong time and was killed after a clash between two groups at the hotel.   (LM #12)   VPD #3   March 19, 2012     Woman killed 


Just after 11:00pm on Sat March 17, 2012, Surrey RCMP responded to a 911 from a male claiming he had been stabbed. Police and EHS attended the area however the victim was not immediately located.  Several minutes later a call was received from a male in a residence in the 11000-block of 168th St requesting police attend for an apparent attack on the tenant in the basement suite.  Evidence inside the residence suggested a significant struggle took place and a blood trail led officers to a nearby location where the body of Jan Aron Korinth, 26, was located.  (LM #11)   IHIT File#2012-772  March 17, 2012   Stabbing


On March 09, 2012 just before 9:30pm the Langley RCMP received a 911 call of a man shot in the area of 16 Avenue and 272 Street.  Langley RCMP were reroute when they were flagged down by two males at 24 Ave and 272 St. The two males led the officers to a vehicle where an unresponsive male was located.  The deceased has been identified as Korey Tyler Kelly, 25.  Apparently Kelly was part of a group trying to break into and rob a marijuana grow operation.  (LM #10)   IHIT File #2012-660  March 9, 2012   2 charged for grow-op   Shooting  


On Sunday, just after 10:30pm, Kacey Rogers, 31, was fatally shot in his home in the 14000-block of Grosvenor Road.  The shooting was witnessed by an 18-year-old woman who apparently lived with the victim in a duplex.  Russell Bidesi, 21, of Surrey and Joshua Martinez, 19, of New Westminster were arrested on Feb 28 and charged with second-degree murder.  June 2013 Fabien Luther Marcus LydeIn, 19, was sentenced to 6 years for his role in the home invasion.  Sept 2014 Lydein pleaded guilty to manslaughter.  May 2015 Bidesi was convicted of manslaughter.  Feb 2017 Bidesi was sentenced to 14 years in prison.  (LM #9)   Feb 26, 2012   14 years   Bidesi convicted   2nd murder for Bidesi   Lydeln pleas guilty to manslaughter    6 years


On February 19, 2012 the APD responded to a 911 call in the 33600-block of Farmer Road for what appeared to be a body in a field.  The body has been identified as an Edmonton gangster Jimmy Chau, 31.  (LM #8)    IHIT File#2012-465   Feb 19, 2012   Body identified    


Jenny Le Wong, a 30 year old Vancouver mother of two is dead and her 31 year old ex-husband is in custody.  Feb 14 at about 6pm, police were called to a basement suite in the 3400-block E Georgia St Officers arrived to find that a woman had been shot and her family members, who had been in another part of the house at the time of the shooting, had not only disarmed "Andy" Long Phi Nguyen, but were holding him for police.  (LM #7)  VPD #2   Feb 14, 2012   Ex-husband charged   Valentine's Day domestic dispute


Police are only saying Jasmine Onland suffered critical injuries inside a home she rented in the 3200-block of E 8th Ave on Feb. 13.  BC Coroner is reported to have ruled the death a suicide.   Feb 13, 2012    Mysterious death   


A man connected to the drug trade in Maple Ridge has been identified as the person who was found dead in a Pitt Meadows field on Tuesday.  Brandon Howson, 26, was discovered by a passerby around 10:30am, lying face down in a cranberry field at the end of 224th St by 144th Ave.  He lived nearby.  Charged with Second Degree Murder is Maple Ridge resident Adam Deboo, 33.    (LM #6)   IHIT File #2012-299   Jan 31, 2012   Victim identified  


On January 26, 2012 at 1:30pm the Richmond RCMP received a 911 call to attend the 11900-block of Aztec St.   RCMP attended the scene and located two individuals, husband and wife, in medical distress.  The male was pronounced deceased at the scene and the women was taken to the hospital to be treated as she was conscious but incoherent.  Jo Anne Alexander, the wife of John Alexander, 61, who died of a head injury, has now been charged with second-degree murder.  John Alexander had an extensive medical history including brain surgery to deal with epileptic seizures. His 61-year-old wife was his primary caregiver.  The couple have two adult children, had been married for more than 40 years, and there was no history of violence between them.  (LM #5)   IHIT  File #2012-241   Jan 26, 2012   11 years   Wife charged


Sean Beaver, is from Montreal and was not well-known to police in BC before he was targeted in the driveway of a house in the 13900-block of 56th Ave about 11pm Thursday.  A second man shot Thursday and critically wounded is the sibling of Stephen Leone, a member of the Dhak-Duhre group who was fatally shot by a masked gunman Oct. 22, 2011.   (LM #4)   Jan 19, 2012   Dhak-Duhre gang members attacked   Targeted shooting  


A well-known gangster was killed in a targeted shooting at a busy downtown Vancouver restaurant.  Sandip "Dip" Duhre, one of the three Duhre brothers.  VPD were called to the restaurant in the Sheraton Wall Centre at 1088 Burrard St shortly after 8:45pm.  In 2013 an alleged contract killer accused in a fatal shooting was charged with first-degree murder after a manhunt that ended when the suspect was stopped on a traffic violation in Greece.  Police said that Rabih Alkhalil, 25, will be extradited back to Canada to face prosecution in the death of Sandip Duhre.  Evidence linking Dean Michael Wiwchar to the 2012 Sandip Duhre murder, as well as to other murders, was laid out in court documents used to get authorization for the wiretap and search warrants.  Wiwchar has never been charged in the Jan. 17, 2012 murder of Duhre in the lobby of the Sheraton Wall Centre.  Wiwchar, who is facing a first-degree murder charge in a June 2012 slaying (of John Raposo) in Toronto's Little Italy, is also a suspect in the Nov. 6, 2011 Vancouver murder of Axel Curtis, as well as the shooting of Michael Linn on Dec. 13, 2011.  (LM #3)   VPD #1   Jan 17, 2012   Indo-Canadian gangster   Charges laid in gang slaying   Suspect charged   Charges laid in gang slaying   Dhak Duhre Gang   Gangs    Dhak-Duhre gang members attacked


Salih Abdulaziz Sahbaz, 37, spent much of the last 3 years in Mexico and was the key cartel contact for the UN gang.  But he also returned regularly to Surrey, where he had family ties.  Sahbaz was found early Monday at an intersection in Culiacan, the capital of cartel-plagued Sinaloa state. He had been shot in the head.  Sahbaz had taken over the Mexican end of the business after two other UN gang members, Ahmet (Lou) Kaawach and Elliott (Taco) Castenada, were gunned down in front of a taco stand in Guadalajara in July 2008.  Jan 15, 2012      UN gang and the Canada-Mexico connection    Canadians in over their heads   Canadian shot dead in Mexico


On Jan 14, 2012 Abbotsford Police Department attended the 27700-block of 56th Ave for a 911 call.  The victim has been identified as 21 year old Ryan Saint-Ange. Ryan was currently residing inside the home where he was found deceased.  Robert Adam Van Dusen, 26, of Aldergrove is charged with second-degree murder.  Abbotsford resident Shayne Vauthrin, 26, was charged with second-degree murder after turning himself in to police on Feb 19.  (LM #2)   IHIT File #2012-140   Jan 14, 2012   Jury acquits Van Dusen   Vauthrin pleads guilty   2nd arrest   Man charged   Victim identified  


On Jan 11, 2012 just after 8:00am the Surrey RCMP received a 911 call to attend the rear alley of the 12800-block of 92A Ave in Surrey for what appeared to be an unconscious male lying in the alley.  BCAS transported the male to the hospital where he was pronounced deceased shortly after 3:00pm.  Patrick Martin, 41, of Surrey, appears to have sustained injuries consistent with a homicide and IHIT has taken conduct of the investigation.   (LM #1)   IHIT File #2012-0092   Jan 11, 2012   Family of victim asks for public help   Victim identified

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