Vancouver/Lower Mainland Violent Deaths 2013
A Surrey woman
who was badly beaten outside the
Newton Arena Sunday night has died.
Julie Paskall, 53, was taken off of life support Tuesday
morning. Paskall was at the Newton Arena in the 7100-block 136b
Street at around 9pm Sunday to pick up her teenage son when she
was assaulted in the parking lot.
Yosef Gopaul, 27, labelled 'a high risk to reoffend' faces a
second-degree murder charge in the brutal attack.
Husband reacts to plea
High risk to reoffend
Hockey mom dies
Mom dies after attack
victim of a seemingly random attack in New Westminster Tuesday
night has died from his injuries. Police found Karim
Meskine badly injured and unconscious in the area of 23rd St and
8th Ave at around 7:45pm Dec 17 after a passerby called 911.
He was struck in the head with a baseball bat.
He was taken off life support a few days later, having spent his
19th birthday in a coma.
Police believe the 16-year-old suspect charged in the incident
attacked Meskine unprovoked and was attempting to rob him.
(LM #44) Dec 20, 2013
Youth found guilty
Guilty in beating death
A body was found near
102 Ave and Park Drive at
around 11am under suspicious circumstances. IHIT determined
Phillip Oun, 23, was met with foul play Wednesday after an
autopsy was completed. He was known to police and involved in
Dec 18, 2013
XIN SHI 'Steve' DONG
The body found in the
2400-block of Ancaster Crescent
has been identified as 20 year old Burnaby resident Xin Shi
“Steven” Dong. The victim is known to police and was
associated to gangs and connected to the drug trade.
#6 Dec 12, 2013
Police were called to the
4900-block of Hastings St
around 4:30pm Monday where
they found the woman's body inside an apartment. The
victim has been identified as Christina Docherty, 61.
RCMP say Docherty is known to them. May
Trudy Gail Hunter, 60, was charged with second-degree murder.
Dec 2, 2013
Woman found dead
Woman found dead
North Vancouver launched a massive immediate manhunt after
Rostam Poulad-Noshiravan, 69, was shot Saturday afternoon.
The shooting happened at approximately 1:18pm, in the
4000-block of St Georges Ave in Upper
Nov 30, 2013
RONALD RICHARD LOMAS
A man has been
found dead inside a home in the
9100-block of 147A St, Surrey.
IHIT says the man was involved in a fight early Saturday morning
at what has been determined as a home operating as an
after-hours bar. Investigators are looking for a car full of
witnesses who fled the scene following the fight. The other man
involved is in critical condition in hospital.
IHIT announced that Dean
Anderson, 43, was to face a second-degree murder charge.
Surrey's 23rd murder of the year
Man killed in suspected 'booze can'
suspect foul play is involved in the death of a female inmate at
a Maple Ridge prison. Police says 51-year-old April
Peregooda was unresponsive when Mounties attended the
Alouette Correctional Centre for Women.
Mounties suspect foul play and have arrested a woman in
connection to Peregooda's death, but the woman has not been
charged. Nov 22, 2013 Inmate
MARK WINSTON BERRY
IHIT has identified the
victim as Mark Winston Berry, a 44-year-old with an extensive
criminal record. Mounties discovered his body inside a
home in the
12000-block of 99 Ave while responding
to a 911 call of a disturbance.
(LM #38) Nov
IHIT says that
Donald James Chad, 30, has been charged with second degree
murder and robbery with a firearm in connection to the death of
Corey Bennett, 44. IHIT announced charges of
manslaughter and robbery with a firearm against Matthew Rene
Bernard, 27, in connection to the case. Bennett was
severely injured during a Nov. 9 home invasion in the
2600-block of King George Boulevard,
and later died in hospital.
(LM #37) IHIT
File# 2013-2818 Nov 9, 2013
Targeted home invasion
LISA ANN ZIELKE
investigators confirm foul play is suspected in the death of a
woman whose body was found in Surrey’s
Halloween morning. The deceased was discovered by someone
walking in the area at around 11:30am.
IHIT says Lisa Ann Zielke, 41,
was living a high-risk lifestyle, was drug dependent and was a
sex trade worker when she was last seen early on the evening of
Foul play suspected
SATWANT SINGH BAINS
At 5:00am the
Surrey RCMP received several 911 calls of shots fired in the
8600-block of 156 St in Surrey.
RCMP located a deceased male inside his vehicle.
File# 2013-2684 Oct 25, 2013
Indo-Canadian gunned down
Truck driver shot
LA VAN TRUONG PHAN
Officers responded to reports of gunshots
7200-block of Victoria Drive at
12:30am Friday. They found La Van Truong Phan, 32, with
gunshot wounds in the backyard of a home. He died shortly
afterwards in hospital.
VPD #5 Oct 11,
Tied to gangs
Just before 4:00pm RCMP
responded to a 911 call from a residence in the
8100-block of 145th St. The caller
reported that a male had been shot inside the home. The
shooting appears to be domestic related. Hong Manh Nguyen,
56 was arrested at the Vancouver Airport.
IHIT File# 2013-2353 Sept 20, 2013
EZAR AHMED KHAN
Just after 7:30am the
Surrey RCMP responded to a call of a found body in
Joe Brown Park in Surrey. Ezar
Ahmed Khan, 30, was found by joggers in the area who located him
and immediately called police.
IHIT File# 2013-2331 Sept 18, 2013 IHIT
Police have released a surveillance video
which may show the driver of a truck that struck
and killed a 16-year-old girl while
she was in a marked crosswalk in Port Coquitlam, BC. Annie
Leung, a grade 10 student at Riverside Secondary School died in
hospital early after she was hit at the intersection of
Road and Pitt River Road. July
2014 Irwin Richard Franz, 73, was charged with failing to stop
at the scene of a fatal accident.
sentenced to 4 months in jail. RCMP
File # 2013-27102
Sept 10, 2013
Driver stopped, saw victim, left
JOEY LAMONT ARRANCE
The man who died
after being shot upwards of 7 times on
was associated with gangs. Joey Lamont Arrance crashed his
luxury SUV into a bus stop late Tuesday night after police say
he was the victim of a targeted shooting. He was rushed to
hospital but died a short time later from his injuries.
(LM #31) Aug 27, 2013
Victim had gang ties
KAREN NABORS and
The causes of death for both
Karen Nabors, 48, and Jill Lyons, 45, remain unknown but police
are still awaiting the results of toxicology tests. The 2
online escorts were found dead in the same
200-block 11th St, New Westminster
RCMP said that a warning wasn’t
issued because there was evidence Lyons’ Aug 12, death may have
been a suicide. When Nabors was found dead on Aug 25,
there was evidence of foul play. Jan 2014
Sarbjit Bains, 32,
was charged with first degree murder in connection with the
deaths of Jill Lyons and Karen Nabors. Bains was charged
with second degree murder in the death of Amritpal Saran.
In April 2015 Sarbjit Bains, 34, pleaded guilty to one count of
manslaughter in the death of Amritpal Saran, and 2 counts of
second-degree murder in the deaths of Jill Lyons and Karen
Nabors. (LM #29 LM #30)
Aug 25, 2013
guilty to 3 murders
Man charged in 3 murders
Escorts knew each other
after midnight the Surrey RCMP were called to a parking lot near
the Royal Canadian Legion at
106th Ave and 135A St in Surrey.
Robert Paterson, 40,
died on the way to hospital.
Information from witnesses at scene lead to the belief this may
have been an intentional act to strike the victim with their
vehicle including several other persons who were narrowly
missed. With the assistance of persons at the scene Christopher
Griffith, 31, was arrested and is now charged with criminal
negligence causing death and driving while prohibited.
IHIT File# 2013-1969 Aug 17, 2013
Prohibited driver charged
1:00am, RCMP were called to a report of a fight occurring near
the intersection of
100th Ave and 154th St.
Police located 2 males suffering from stab wounds. Kyle Xavier
Yellowbird, 22, succumbed to his injuries a short time later in
hospital. Involved in the altercation is the driver of a
mid to late 2000 model Honda Civic, silver or grey in colour.
The driver is described as being non-white male and
approximately 40-50 years of age. (LM #28) IHIT
File# 2013-1937 Aug 16, 2013
THE VINH NGUYEN
Surrey resident The Vinh Nguyen,
17, was stabbed to death during a fight between two groups at
Ohukuya Japanese Restaurant
in the early morning hours of Aug 16. The 17-year-old was
rushed to hospital but succumbed to his injuries shortly after.
On Oct 7 officers arrested Chien Khac Le, 28, of Vancouver, a
man with no apparent connection to the victim.
VPD #4 Aug 16, 2013
The family of Andrew Leduc, killed in a hit-and-run incident is
questioning why the civilian RCMP contractor involved wasn't
arrested, after a final report on the case revealed he washed
blood off his truck and stopped for coffee and gas before
contacting police 3 hours later. The truck driver, a
civilian expert and consultant that RCMP and other law
enforcement agencies use to assist in traffic investigations,
did not stop. Andrew Leduc,
a 37-year-old father of 3 young children, was hit and
killed on August 7, 2013 by a semi-truck on the Surrey side of
the Langley Bypass around 3am while walking in the curb lane.
Aug 7, 2013
Twist in hit-and-run death
Driver is RCMP consultant
McMillan, 55, was found beaten in his residence in the
13800-block of 64th Ave in Surrey.
He was located on the floor and unresponsive by one of his
roommates who then asked a neighbour to call 911. Mr.
McMillan was rushed to the hospital where he remained on life
support in critical condition. On July 10, 2013 just
before 4:00pm he was pronounced deceased at the hospital.
IHIT File# 2013-1546 July 10, 2013
Beaten man dies
AGNES ASSEN COMTE
midnight on July 9, 2013 the officials were dispatched to a
house fire at
1140 Cottonwood Ave. A man and
woman found dead after a Coquitlam, BC, house fire last week
died in a murder-suicide, homicide investigators have confirmed.
Police say the deceased man Benyoucef Assen killed his estranged
wife Agnes Assen and then set the house on fire, killing
IHIT File# 2013-1538 July 9, 2013
House fire actually a murder-suicide
IHIT takes over
Police say the suspect driver in
a hit-and-run collision that killed 72-year-old cyclist Edward
Simpkins has come forward. Edward Simpkins was hit by a
vehicle on 13th Ave near Wright St at around 8:30pm on June 30.
He was pronounced dead at the scene. June 30, 2013
turns herself in
victim's family plead
Officers were alerted to
shots fired at around 5:15pm near the intersection of
South Fraser Way and Emerson St.
Witnesses told police they saw shots fired from a vehicle into a
dark coloured sedan. Officers arrived on scene to find a
Harpreet Chahal, 25, suffering from gunshot wounds. IHIT
confirmed that Chahal was known to police, and the daylight
shooting is considered targeted and gang-related.
File# 2013-1433 (LM #24)
June 24, 2013
Victim known to police
Man dead following shooting
DILBER SINGH ATWAL AND GURPREET KAUR ATWAL
investigators are investigating what they are calling a
"suspicious double death" at a house in the
6700-block of 145A St.
Surrey RCMP responding to a 911 call found two bodies - a man
and woman - and called in the IHIT. IHIT stated on June 25
that Dilber Singh Atwal, 49, and
Gurpreet Kaur Atwal, 30, are both victims and it wasn't a
IHIT File# 2013-1404
(LM #22 LM #23)
June 19, 2013
EDWARD STOBIE BILLY
5:00pm police were requested by Vancouver Fire and Rescue
Services to attend a house fire in the
900-block of East 63rd Ave that had
resulted in the death of one person. The victim has been
identified as Edward Stobie Billy, 20. Police have
determined that a house fire appears to have been deliberately
set. VPD #3
June 15, 2013
Fire death a homicide
House fire confirmed as homicide
A body found this
weekend in the
Colony Farm park
area of Coquitlam has been identified as a Maple Ridge man.
IHIT him as Clifford Arthur Devitt, aged 44. IHIT
File# 2013-1143 (LM #20) May 13, 2013
80-year-old man has died in hospital after he was allegedly
pushed to the ground by a stranger early Friday morning in East
Vancouver. The incident took place after just after 7am
near New Brighton Park on McGill St. Investigators say Yee Wong
hit his head in the fall and died later in hospital.
Police arrested a 45-year-old man.
May 3, 2013 Police
appeal for witnesses
Just before 8:00pm,
the Ridge Meadows RCMP received several 911 calls reporting
shots fired in a parking lot located in the 11800-block of 226
St in Maple Ridge. Claude Deguire, 26, was located
at the scene suffering from a gunshot wound to his chest.
Antonsen, 29, is charged with second-degree murder after Deguire
was shot in the parking lot of
Haney Place Mall in what police called
a drug-related shooting.
2013-1056 (LM #19)
April 29, 2013
investigators said that a brazen daylight shooting outside a
South Surrey shopping complex has all the hallmarks of a gang
murder. Craig Widdifield, 28, was shot to death around 7pm
as he sat in a parked vehicle outside of the
Steve Nash Sports Club at Morgan Crossing.
Authorities say Widdifield has ties to the drug trade.
Police announced that
Brody Robert Paterson, 20, had been arrested, and charged with
first-degree murder. (LM
April 24, 2013
investigators have arrested a family member of a 43-year-old
woman who was found dead inside a North Surrey fourplex.
Officers with IHIT say Jackie Olson died after an apparent
domestic dispute. Police responded
to the home on
130th St and 103rd A Ave,
after receiving a call from a concerned neighbour at around 5pm.
IHIT File# 2013-761 (LM #17) Mar 18,
Family member arrested
On March 16, 2013
RCMP received a missing person investigation. The missing
female, identified as Rachel Pernosky, 18, was reported missing
by her family who knew her last known whereabouts to be her
residence in the 7700-block of Kite Street in
On March 19, 2013 the UFVRD received a call from an individual
in the area of the 43400-block of Old Orchard Road in
Chilliwack. This individual reported seeing a body down a steep
embankment off that road. The body was confirmed to be Rachel
Pernosky. June 2016 her half-brothers Matthew Joseph
Pernosky, 31, was charged with second degree murder.
May 2018 Pernosky pleaded guilty to second degree murder. IHIT File# 2013-762 (LM #16)
Mar 16, 2013
Half-brother pleads guilty
Missing mom found dead
BROCHU & BRETT SHELDON LIETZ
2:00am the Surrey RCMP were conducting proactive patrols in the
Colebrook Road near 125A St.
While patrolling, a uniformed officer located the body of an
unresponsive male on the side of the road. Additional
officers were called to the scene including the Police Dog
Service. A second body, a deceased female, was located by PDS a
short distance away from the deceased male. Police
identified the victims as Brett Sheldon Lietz, 54, and Nicole
Madelynn Brochu, 40. IHIT
File# 2013-711 (LM #14 & #15)
Mar 13, 2013
Victims identified 'Proactive
WILLIAM DAVID FLOYD
10:00pm William David Floyd , 47, was involved in an altercation
1000-block Main St
ejected from the Ivanhoe Pub. Police were called and found Floyd
unresponsive when they arrived. He was rushed to hospital by
paramedics where he was pronounced dead. The investigation by
the VPD Major Crime Section determined there was no evidence to
support that this was a murder and no criminal charges will be
laid. Mar 1, 2013
not a murder
TAYLOR DANIEL JOHNSON
10pm the Langley RCMP received a call requesting the police
attend a residence in the
2000-block of 200 St in Langley to
check on the well being of a male who was staying at the
residence. The Langley RCMP attended and located
Taylor Daniel Johnson, 21,
a deceased male and
a marihuana grow operation inside the rural residence.
Investigators described Johnson as “naïve, good kid" and largely
unaware of the dangers of being associated with the grow-op -
which they believe was his killer’s motivation. Jesse
River Hill, 23, was charged with second-degree murder with a
IHIT File# 2013-592 (LM #13) Feb 26, 2013
Homicide at grow-op
Foul play confirmed
Surrey RCMP was called after the discovery of a dead body at 125
Colebrook Road. Initial response
by the Surrey RCMP uniformed members determined that the found
body was likely the victim of a homicide. The dead body has now
been identified as that of Amritpal Saran of Delta. Jan
Sarbjit Bains, 32, was charged with first degree murder in
connection with the deaths of Jill Lyons and Karen Nabors.
Bains was charged with second degree murder in the death of
Amritpal Saran. IHIT File# 2013-567 (LM #12)
Feb 24, 2013
Guilty pleas in 3 murders
Charred human remains
was found raped, beaten and chained to a tree near
135A St and 106 Ave. RCMP won't
confirm details of the beating and won't confirm or deny whether
a sexual assault occurred. Police also say they didn't
find the woman bound to a tree when they responded to a call at
12:40pm on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012. On Feb 19, 2013 she
succumbed to her injuries.
IHIT File# 2013-499
Feb 19, 2013.
Honouring the life
Beaten victim dies
Woman raped and beaten for drug debt dies
family of the young woman recently killed in an apparent
hit-and-run feel she was as much a casualty of the health care
system as she was victim of any car accident. Abbotsford's
Shaminder Brar, 34, was found by a passing motorist sprawled in
a ditch along
Riverside Road the morning of Feb. 18.
Police believe she may have been struck anytime from when she
was last sighted on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 8pm and early-morning
on the day she was discovered. Feb 16-18, 2013
Death of a mentally ill woman Hit-and-run
the body found in a car near a Surrey elementary school belongs
to missing 29-year-old Vimal Chand, and it appears he was
murdered. Officers found the body at around 6:30pm
Wednesday and determined the case was a homicide. The body
was discovered by a passerby. Neighbours indicate the car had
been parked in the area near
66th Ave & 140th St for 4 days.
Feb 16, 2013
IHIT takes over
At approximately 10:10pm the Delta police
responded to a report of a stabbing at
a home in the
1700-block of Tsawwassen Drive on the
Tsawwassen First Nation Reserve. A
16-year-old female victim was pronounced deceased at the
hospital and the 2nd victim a 15-year-old female is in critical
condition. A 17-year-old boy has been charged.
are not releasing the names of the victims in order not to
identify the accused.
May 2016 the teen who fatally stabbed his teenage sister and
tried to kill his teenage cousin has been declared not
criminally responsible due to a mental disorder.
The teen, who can only be
identified by the initials J.J.J. due to a publication ban, was
initially charged with the second-degree murder of his sister,
identified as J.J., and the attempted murder of his cousin, S.B.
DPD file #13-2943 (LM #9)
Feb 15, 2013
10:30am 2 men were involved in a fight at Commercial Drive and
Venables St. Police were called and when they got there they
Charles Gregory, 59,
suffering from serious
injuries. The man was rushed to hospital by paramedics
where he died. Matthew Anthony-Cook, 27, was
arrested on April 4, 2013 and charged with manslaughter.
VPD #2 (LM #8) Feb 9, 2013
An estranged husband
has been charged with murder after his wife was found shot to
death in her Abbotsford home. Police were asked by an
out-of-town family member to check up on the well-being of
Leanne Friesen at her home in the 34800-block of
on Wednesday night.
When they arrived, officers found the 40-year-old woman’s body
in the garage with fatal gunshot wounds. Her husband, Jeffrey
Friesen, 40, was arrested on scene and taken into custody. He
has now been charged with the second-degree murder of his wife.
IHIT File# 2013-362 (LM #7) Feb 6, 2013
Estranged husband charged
JASKARAN SINGH SANDHU
identified the body of a male homicide victim
in a grassy area in the
12300-block of Colebrook Road as Jaskaran
26. IHIT File #2013-270 (LM #6) Jan 29, 2013
2012 attempt on victim
Man faces charges in 2012 shooting
A man killed with a
sword in a targeted attack in South Vancouver
was Manraj Akalirai, 19, whose family says had no ties
to gangs or drugs. Akalirai was attacked by a large group
Elgin St near East 47th Ave
at about 10:30pm. Several weapons were used in the attack,
including bats, clubs and a sword. Nov 2015 a jury found
Amritpal Dhillon, 20, and Amritpaul Rakhra, 18, guilty of
(LM #5) Jan 23, 2013
Singh Hairan, 29, was shot to death about 2am near
112B Ave. Jujhar
Singh Khun-Khun, 25, was critically wounded in the attack.
Both men were linked to Sukh Dhak and targeted in the fall of
2011, which police said was retaliation for the Aug. 14, 2011
Kelowna shooting that left Red Scorpion Jon Bacon dead and
wounded Hells Angel Larry Amero and Independent Soldier James
Riach. IHIT File #2013-138
(LM #4) Jan 15, 2013
Trial date for Jonathan Bacon's murder
Shooting is gang related
MCGIVERON & GEORDIE WESTLEY CARLOW
homicide victims found in a
128 St and 94th Ave
parkade on Sunday have been identified by police as John Edward
McGiveron, 33, and Geordie Wesley Carlow, 33. Both males
were Surrey residents and both were known to police, but the
deaths were not gang-related, according to IHIT.
File #2013-134 (LM #2 & #3) Jan 13,
ask for help
5 dead in shootings
MANJOT SINGH DHILLON
that Manjot Singh Dhillon, 27, was a gangster who died in a
targeted shooting. Dhillon once worked for the late Sukh Dhak in the Surrey drug
trade, but more recently was aligned to several different crews.
Dhillon was found critically wounded on the road near
168th St and 76th Ave
just before 7pm. He died in hospital later Sunday.
(LM #1) Jan 13, 2013
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