Mainland Violent Deaths 2002
Coroners Service: Homicide Statistics - 1999 to 2004
Lal, 25, was found murdered in a Yaletown apartment on Dec. 18, 2002.
Lal's boyfriend, Shem
32, was charged with second degree murder on Jan. 15.
Dec. 18, 2002
Saturday December 7th, 2003, the Coquitlam RCMP were notified that a nude
body of a woman was lying in the Coquitlam River. The
immediate area was secured and it was later determined that the woman in
question was 19 year old Breann Voth of Port Coquitlam. Police also
determined that Breann was last seen between the hours of 5:45 am and 7 am
on Saturday December 7th, 2003, in the Prairie and Shaughnessy area of Port
Coquitlam. Breann was on her way to work. Derek
Frederick Post, 22, faces one count of first-degree murder. File
#Coquitlam 2002-47956 Dec.
LYNN ELAINE KOKOTAILO
Dec. 03, 2002
Robert Kokotailo, 38, of Mission was charged with the first
degree murder of Lori Lynn Elaine Kokotailo, also of Mission. File
#Mission 2002-16668 Dec.
SMITH & GLEN MARTIN
Friday February 4th, 2005 Burnaby RCMP arrested 27 year old Langley resident
Michael Joseph Wilson for the murder of Burnaby residents Julie Smith, 33
and Glen Martin, 48. On
November 28th, 2002 their deceased bodies were discovered in the trunk of
Smith's abandoned Ford LTD. The car had been left on the shoulder of the
westbound lanes of Hwy 1 between the Kensington and Willingdon exits. Police
investigators believe that Martin may have been involved with drugs at the
time of his death. Smith on the other hand does not appear to have been
involved in criminal activity and was at the wrong place at the wrong time. Investigators
believe both Smith and Martin were murdered at a rural Maple Ridge home
located at 12532 McTavish Road and that later, Smith's vehicle was abandoned
in the early morning hours on November 26th, 2002. Investigators also
believe that Michael Joseph Wilson was picked up by Good Samaritan motorist
who was westbound and stopped to render assistance.
reveals that an Indo Canadian male driving a late model Lincoln Navigator
was shot several times while seated behind the steering wheel of his
vehicle. Immediately following the shooting, the victim was able to reverse
his vehicle and drive backwards on Holland Street till 5th Avenue. He then
drove his vehicle east-bound on 5th Ave and prior to reaching 12th Street,
the vehicle left the road, mounted the boulevard, struck a parked vehicle
and ended up crashing into a house situated at that location. Davinder
Singh Gharu, 21, was a close friend of Jaskaran Singh Chima, who was
murdered in spring 2002, and an associate of Robbie Kandola, murdered in
June. Sources say the intended target of the hit was actually Gharu's cousin
Peter Adiwal. NWPS
Nov. 18, 2002
November 17, 2002 the bound body of an eighteen-year-old Vietnamese male was
discovered in a ditch on Allard Crescent just east of 208 Street in North
Langley by a local area resident out walking his dog.
Tran is also known
by the name of "Dragon.” File
17, 2002 UPDATED: Drug
gang war body count up 3
say the body of Colleen Anne Findlay, 39, was found dead in the family home
located in the 22500-block of 132nd Avenue,
12, 2002, after
fire crews and police arrived to douse a fire burning inside the home.
attending the home, it was noted the family vehicle was missing. Police searches for the missing vehicle located it in
Maple Ridge on the night of the fire. Arrested were 6 occupants in that
vehicle of which 5 were young persons.
15-year-old Maple Ridge resident
been arrested and charges of 1st degree murder have been forwarded in
connection with the fatal house fire.
File #Ridge Meadows 2002-25580 Nov.
(Abby) Jaswal is doused with flammable liquid and set on fire in a ravine
beside a Belcarra regional park road. Port Moody police believe the Simon
Fraser University student got involved in a drug scheme that went bad.
Nov. 1, 2002
October 24, 2002, Lanyan Kong, 28, died trying to escape from her Burnaby
apartment located at 6075 Wilson Avenue. A
fire had been started in the stairwell of the building and police and
firefighters suspected arson. On
October 26, 2002 Lynn Anne Colwell was arrested and charged with the death
of Lanyan Kong, then held in custody until her court date. On
Wednesday, May 21, 2003,
pled guilty to manslaughter
and was sentenced to 6 years in addition to time served.
File #Burnaby 2002-50857
October 24, 2002
JAMES ROY DUNN
body recovered in an isolated industrial area of 5300 block of Riverbend on
Sunday, October 20, 2002 has now been identified as James Roy Dunn, 41, of
Burnaby. The investigation has
lead police to believe that Mr. Dunn was murdered between 5:00 p.m. Saturday
and 12:00 noon Sunday when his body was discovered. Police
believe that the murder did not occur where Mr. Dunn's body was discovered
but rather in the Champlain Heights area of east Vancouver.
RCMP have arrested
Crown have approved murder charges against Russel John Sims, 40, of New
Westminster and Ronald Arthur Johnson, 42, of Vancouver in the murder of
James Dunn. File #Burnaby 2002-50074
October 20, 2002
received a call from a member of the public about an injured man. When
police attended they located a 36 year old male with serious injuries that
were apparently the result of an assault. Investigation
revealed that the incident had happened earlier at a residence in the 3200
block of Vincent St. An ambulance transported him to RCH.
On Oct. 12th Milo Milot of Port Coquitlam died as a result of the
injuries. 18 year old
Jonathan Patko turned himself in at the Port Coquitlam Court house and has
been charged with second degree murder relating to the death of Milo Milot. A
youth who was also involved has not been located.
File #Coquitlam 2002-37529
Oct. 11, 2002
WEI AMANDA ZHAO
body of a deceased woman found near Stave Lake on Sunday, October 20th is
that of Wei Amanda Zhao, age 21. Ms.
Zhao went missing on Wednesday October 9th after she left her Burnaby home
at about 8 pm to walk to a local food market.
charged Han Zhang with accessory after the fact in Zhao murder.
lived with Zhao and her boyfriend Ang Li at their Burnaby apartment. He is
also Li's cousin. Shortly
after she was found, Li, 19, returned to his home in Beijing, China. In
Sept 2012 Li was found guilty by a Chinese court.
File #Mission 2002-14551
File #Burnaby 2002-48353
Oct. 9, 2002
Murder trial in China
BRIAN WILLIAM PASKALIDIS
October 8th, 2002, neighbours heard several shots in the area of the 5600
block of Camino Court. Police attending to an alley adjacent to Camino Court
made the discovery of a deceased male. Brian
William Paskalidis, 35, died as a result of several gunshot wounds. A
gun was discovered near the deceased. On
Sept. 12, 2003, police officers from the Burnaby RCMP arrested
32, of Coquitlam and charged him with 2nd degree murder.
FILE # 2002-47926 Oct. 8,
MARCEL TREVOR SYLVESTER
with second degree murder is 35-year-old
(Bill) Royal John Dickson of
New Westminster. His
victim has been identified as 30-year-old Marcel
who moved to the city four months ago from the Edmonton area of Alberta
KAMALJIT SINGH SANGHA
male victim discovered on the roadway in the area of Nelson Avenue and
Marine Drive in Burnaby on Sunday, September 29, 2002 has now been
identified as 26 year old Vancouver resident Kamaljit Singh Sangha who died
as the result of gunshot. Sources say
Sangha was killed because he gunned down 22-year-old Michael Ly three months
earlier outside a Metrotown apartment building. File #Burnaby 2002-46353
Sept. 29, 2002
ran a death squad
RCMP Cst. Jimmy Ng, age 31 was the victim of a fatal motor vehicle crash
September 15, 2002.
16, 2002 charges of were formally laid against 19 year old Yau Chung Stuart
Chan and 20 year old Ying Hua David Guan, both of Richmond.
19, 2002 after an investigation the charges are:
1:Ying Hua David Guan and Yau Chun Stuart Chan on or about the 15th day of
September 2002, at or near Richmond, in the Province of British Columbia,
did by criminal negligence in the operation of a motor vehicle cause the
death of Constable Jim Ng, contrary to Section 220 (b) of the Criminal
2: Yau Chun Stuart Chan and Ying Hua David Guan on or about the 15th day of
September 2002, at or near Richmond, Province of British Columbia, having
the care, charge or control of a vehicle that was involved in an accident
with another person, Constable Jim Ng, resulting in the death of that
person, and knowing that bodily harm was caused to that person, was reckless
as to whether the death of that person resulted from bodily harm and did
with intent escape civil or criminal liability, fail to give their name and
address and offer assistance, contrary to Section 252,(1.3) (b) of the
Criminal Code. File
#Richmond 2002-34060 September
WAI LING TOMMY WONG
RCMP are currently investigating a homicide. Police were called to the 15300
Block of Westminster Hwy shortly after 4:00 a.m. Upon arrival members
located Wai Ling Tommy Wong, 43, who had been shot.
have determined that there was a party underway in the residence involving
approximately eight (8) people. A
single masked gunman entered the residence and allegedly robbed the
attendees before discharging his firearm killing the victim. File #Richmond 2002-34062
September 15, 2002
VI SOI HOANG
located a severely beaten adult Asian male in his 40's, lying on the street.
Investigation lead police to a residence in the area of the 8300 block of #
4 Road, where police uncovered a Marihuana grow operation. The victim
of a brutal assault on in the late evening has died as a result of his
injuries. Vi Soi Hoang, 41,
died at VGH September 9, 2002. Vancouver's
Parminder Perry Soor, 18, has been charged with break and enter, possession
of a firearm, possession of a prohibited weapon and improper storage of a
firearm. Milad Saffari,
19, of Surrey has been charged with second-degree murder, break and enter,
committing a robbery using a firearm and possession of a loaded, restricted
weapon. A Vancouver young
offender, age 16, has been charged with second-degree murder. A second
young offender, 17, of Richmond, has been charged with manslaughter.
#Richmond 2002-33247 September 8, 2002
NOELLE (Nikki) FIELDER
September 7, 2002 a member of the RCMP Port Mann Freeway Patrol was making
enquiries at Surrey Memorial Hospital when a man in a car drove up to him
and requested assistance with his female passenger who had been shot.
The woman was immediately transported inside the hospital where she was
declared dead. 34-year-old
Surrey resident Noelle Fiedler (who goes by the name Nikki) was shot while
she was sitting in a car in the 14000 block of 92 Ave. File #Surrey 2002-97739
September 7, 2002
Saturday November 16, 2002 members of a combined Search and Rescue Team
called Mission RCMP after they discovered a body near Upper Sumas Road. The
body was removed from the area and an autopsy was conducted on November 19,
2002. Results of the autopsy have determined that foul play was
involved and the file has now become a homicide investigation. The RCMP can now confirm that the body of a deceased male is
that of Heera Singh Bahia, age 24. Mr. Bahia was reported missing on August
30th to Surrey RCMP.
File #Mission 2002-15888
August 30, 2004 UPDATED:
gang war body count up 3
extensive investigation commenced into the death of a small child, which
included people being interviewed in both British Columbia and Alberta. It
was during the early evening hours on September 21st that Mission RCMP
Detachment were first made aware of the possibility that a two year old girl
was missing. A subsequent search in the immediate area of the residence in
which she had been staying resulted in the body of a small girl being
located. This has
resulted in Shawn MacKinaw, 21 years, being charged with Improperly
Interfering with Human Remains, Contrary to Section 182 of the Criminal Code
of Canada. File #Mission
VIOLET DELORES HEREMAN
July 10, 2002 Violet Delores Herman, 39, walked alone down the back lane of
the 100 block of W. Pender toward the rear entrance of 133 W. Pender St. Moments
later, she was brutally murdered and left to die alone at the rear exit of
the building. July 10,
killing at Pendera
RCMP attended a 9-1-1 call in the evening of July 9th, 2002 in the 37200
blk of Lougheed Highway. Subsequent
search of the area resulted in the body of a male being located near
Norrish Creek Road. Christopher
Richard Gardiner, 49,
was formally charged with Second Degree Murder and appeared before a
Justice of the Peace. The
deceased is Marlon Mitchell, 44 years old who resided at the Lake Errock
area, east of Mission. The cause of death was as a result of gunshot
wounds. File #Mission
July 2, 2002 Surrey RCMP were called to a home in the Fleetwood area for a
report that a woman's body had been found. When officers arrived they
found the body of an adult man and woman inside the home.
have confirmed that Joseph Dame, 48, and
Dame, 38, were the victims found inside the home. They both appear to have died
as a result of trauma, but the causes of death are not yet being released.
At this point it appears that the incident is a murder-suicide and does
not appear to be random. The
couple left behind two children who are being cared for by grandparents.
File #Surrey 2002-69559
July 2, 2002
Cocaine dealer Robbie
Kandola is murdered by killers waiting for him as he gets out of a cab in
front of his Coal Harbour apartment. Former gangster Bal Buttar
said he arranged the hit because Kandola had ordered the murder of Buttar's
brother Kelly six months earlier. June 23, 2003
He ran a death squad
Ly, 22, was shot to death around 1pm when he and an unidentified
passenger pulled a blue Mazda 323 into the parking lot at 4957 Newton St.
and parked outside the east building at the Nelson Towers apartment complex.
June 17, 2002
The body of 20-year-old Jaspal Toor was found in south Vancouver and a
26-year-old Burnaby man has been charged with second-degree murder.
Police say Toor was involved in minor drug activity. According to
prosecutors, Adwin Singh, the man accused of manslaughter in death of Jaspal
Toor, told one of his drug runners that a Toor who had stolen heroin,
cocaine and cash from him was a "glitch in the system and glitches have
to be removed. Singh is
on trial in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver, charged in the death of Toor,
20, whose skeleton was found in a shallow grave in June 2003, a year after
he disappeared. In his opening statement, prosecutor Mike Luchenko told
Justice David Tysoe that Singh was Toor's boss in a drug operation run out
of Singh's Vancouver home. June
Emergency services were
called to a residence in the 9200 block of 124a St with regards to a report
of a 4 month old infant being found in a swimming pool. With police
arriving on scene, CPR was initiated on the child who was ultimately
transported to Children’s Hospital in Vancouver in critical condition. At
1:45 pm on the 7th of June, 2002 this young victim passed away. At the
time, police conducted in excess of 250 neighbourhood inquiries in hopes of
revealing any information with regards to the suspect. On March 12, 2007 -
a charge of Second Degree Murder was sworn out pertaining to this case. Jasvinder
Kang, 37, the mother of the child - was taken in to police custody. May
25, 2002 RCMP File #Surrey 2002-53198
Sunday May 19th, 2002, the body of 35 year old Crystal Peggy Baker was found
floating in the Fraser River, under the Port Mann Bridge.
Crystal Peggy Baker was known to be a sex trade worker who resided in
the municipality of Delta. The investigators have also determined that Baker
was the victim of foul play, although they are confident that her untimely
death is not related to the sex trade. The cause of death will not be
revealed at this time to protect the integrity of the investigation. The
Coquitlam Serious Crime Unit investigators believe that Crystal was murdered
on the evening of April 22nd, 2002.
CHRISTINA LORRAINE CHRISTISON
April 18, 2002 the Surrey RCMP were called to an apartment in North Surrey
for a report of a found body. When officers arrived they found the body of
Christina Lorraine Christison, a 27-year-old woman who is the victim of
homicide. A Canada wide
arrest warrant for second degree murder has been issued for 35-year-old
Surrey resident Cyrus Thunder Crane.
Crane is described as a Native male, 5'7" tall, 155 lbs, with
black hair and brown eyes. File
#Surrey 2002-38794 April
young man is dead after a shooting incident inside an exotic dancer's bar.
On April 5, 2002 the
Surrey RCMP received a flood of 911 calls with callers reporting
inside Delanie's Pub in Newton.
Daniel Lof was killed by a stray bullet after three Indo-Canadian men
began shooting after being kicked out of Delanie's. April 5, 2002 On April 8th, 2002 Jagrup Singh a 26-year-old Surrey man was
arrested without incident by members of the Surrey RCMP's Serious Crimes
Section in connection with the April 5th shooting death of Richard Daniel
Lof. Charges of second
degree murder, possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm while
prohibited have been laid in Surrey Provincial Court File
#Surrey 2002-34333 April
AYTON UNGER & SIMON FEATHERSTON
Ayton Unger & Simon Featherston
back seat passengers when the 5.0 Litre Mustang owned and driven by Devon
Heath, 16,. crashed into the
ditch on 264th St. File
April 5, 2002
GURJINDER SINGH SIDHU
killers lying in ambush in the victim's house gunned
down Gurjinder Singh Sidhu in the 11600-block of 81st Avenue on April 1,
2002. Neighbours say
Sidhu and his wife of two weeks arrived home to find the two attackers
waiting for them. Sidhu ran for
his life, but his assailants ran him down and murdered him in the street. Three
men have been found guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting death of
North Delta school teacher Gary Sidhu, 27.
Delta police believe the person who ordered the contract killing
is still at large. Gurkirpal
Singh "Paul" Khela, 25, Jodh Singh Sahota, 24, and Trevor James
Meir, 27, will serve life sentences with no eligibility for parole for 25
years. A fourth man, John David
Bride, 23, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the case last November.
Sidhu was apparently friends with Sarbjit
Singh Dhanda who was sentenced
to eight years in prison for the 2001 shooting death of Kamalbir Jawanda.
. Buttar says Sidhu, along with his friends Rick Bhatti
and Ned Mander, were killed over a heroin smuggling scheme that went bad.
1, 2002 He
ran a death squad
Westminster police discover the body of 25-year-old Jaskaran Singh Chima in
a burning car under the Alex Fraser Bridge. Chima was a known drug dealer.
Buttar admits he arranged the hit on Chima who he
believed was involved in his brother Kelly's December 2001 murder.
March 18, 2002
ran a death squad
Grade 12 student at Winston Churchill Secondary,
found in the parking lot of the Grand Taj Banquet hall on March 15th where
a fund raising event was taking place. An
autopsy has determined that he died from severe trauma to his head.
On Monday March 18th, a 17-year-old Vancouver youth turned himself in at
the front counter of the Vancouver Police Department. On
March 27th, a
youth turned himself in at the front counter of the Surrey RCMP in the
presence of his father. This
arrest comes after two 17-year-olds and Kanverjit
18, have been charged with second degree murder in relation to this death.
File #Surrey 2002-26573
March 15, 2002
RCMP received a call that a male had been shot and was unconcious at a
basement suite located at 708 Alderson Avenue. Ambulance
personnel transported Christopher Corey Lesniak, 21, to Royal Columbian
Hospital where he was pronounced as deceased. Coquitlam RCMP members arrested 24-year-old Kenneth
Michael Knutson on a Canada Wide Warrant. Knutson
is currently in custody at the RCMP Coquitlam Detachment and will appear
before the Courts this afternoon, charged with 2nd Degree Murder.
File #Coquitlam 2002-9687
March 15, 2002
before 2:00 on the morning of March 3, 2002 a fight broke out inside the
common area of a rooming house in the 10700 block of King George Highway.
One man was stabbed during the fight and managed to flee from the building
and cross King George Highway before collapsing in front of the RCMP's
City Center District Office. The
victim, Jason William Vicroe, 27, of Surrey, died in the arms of an RCMP
officer as the Mountie tried to give first aid treatment..
Charges of second degree murder have been laid in Surrey Provincial Court
Ernesto Aburto, 24. File
#Surrey 2002-22100 March
of second degree murder have been laid in connection with the March 2nd
homicide of a 67-year-old woman in a Newton basement suite. The
victim's 71-year-old husband has now been charged in Surrey Provincial
The family of the deceased has requested that the RCMP not release
the names of either the deceased or accused.
File #Surrey 2002-21791 March 2, 2002
February 23, 2002 Malkit Manhas, 58, was shot to death at his home in the
11700 block of 86th Avenue, Delta, BC. His estranged wife
Gurcharn Kaur Manhas is the sister of Babar Khalsa founder
WARING & JIMMY DIETER SAWATZKY
before 3 pm Coquitlam RCMP were alerted that a woman in distress was
screaming outside an apartment complex in the 2200 block of McAllister
Avenue. Police arrived
McAllister Ave. in Port Coquitlam
and discovered two bodies, one 30 year old male and one 36 year old
female. Both apparently
the victims of homicide. Anthony
Robert Bakker of
no fixed addressed is accused of murdering 37-year-old Michelle Waring and
30-year-old Jimmy Dieter Sawatzky.
#Coquitlam 2002-222 &
File #Coquitlam 2002-6974
Feb. 22, 2002
February 15, 2002 a Vancouver man called the Surrey RCMP to report a
suspicious object that he had found in the Nicomekl River while he was
mountain biking in the area. When officers arrived they pulled they body
of a Caucasian male from the river who appears to be at least
40-years-old. The male was wrapped so that his body could not be seen and
he is believed to be the victim of foul play.
The identity of the man has now been confirmed as 56-year-old
Twyford was retired and lived
alone in an apartment. He was reported missing on February 9th by family
members, but since he didn't stay in frequent contact with his family it
is not known when he actually went missing.
File #Surrey 2002-16450 Feb. 15, 2002
GARY HENRY BLACKBURN
February 14, 2002 Richmond RCMP attended 8771 # 5 Road and found the body
of a 52 year old caucasian male.
was found on
the front porch by his adult son. Blackburn was the victim of a shooting. File
#Richmond 2002-5237 February
Missing Women Task Force held a media briefing
following information was provided at the briefing.
investigation is proceeding in a careful and deliberate way.
We will not discuss any details pertaining to the operation or the
investigation. We can say that all information received on this case,
including received in past years, has been well shared and has been acted
on. We can't go any further than that.
We can tell you that a toll free tip line is still in place for anyone who
wants to pass on information to investigators. That number is
There have been reports in the news media about certain specific articles
found at the site. We will not confirm the accuracy of that reporting.
What we will say is that everything that has been and will be found is
being closely examined for evidentiary value.
At this time, no charges have been laid with respect to the missing women
case. One of the co-owners of the farm property,
William Pickton, is scheduled to appear in court on
February 28th on weapons charges. Those charges are the result of an
initial search warrant executed on his residence.
You will also notice additional police resources being brought in to
patrol the perimeter of the fence erected by police. Those resources are
required because of the scope of the property and the importance of
ensuring the area remains protected.
In addition, the roadway where many of you are now currently parked will
cleared of vehicles for safety reasons. We suggest you consider parking in
this area. Feb.
January 25 RCMP responded to a 911 call from a residence in the
1600 block of Mahon Avenue. A
male caller asked for police and then hung up. On arrival at the
residence, the 67 year old male suspect met police at the door and led
them to the mid 61 year old female who was pronounced dead at the scene.
The victim appeared to have suffered from severe head trauma and the
weapon is believed to be a blunt instrument. The weapon has been
recovered. The suspect was arrested without incident and taken to Lions
Gate Hospital for treatment of his injuries. It is unclear at this time as
to how he suffered his injuries. The family does not have a history with the police and
the motive is unclear at this time. Michele
Cusano, age 67 years old, of North Vancouver has been charged with one
count of second degree murder in the death of his wife of forty years,
Carmela. File #North
Vancouver 2002-2315 Jan. 25,
- On January 2, 2002, at about 0700 hrs, Richmond RCMP received a call
about a body, in the area of River Road, east of No 8 Road. The body was
discovered by Richmond Fire-Rescue, who were in the area dealing with a
fire. The burnt remains
appear to be of an Asian male, possibly in his 20's.
The body of Richmond's first murder of 2002 has been identified as
Phouvong Phommaviset, 26, Vancouver, B.C.
Phommaviset was a suspect in the disappearance of
File #Richmond 2002-149
Jan. 2, 2002
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