Several arrested following a fatal shooting in Nanaimo

The 2021 BC Homicide Victim List is available here

Nanaimo RCMP said a man was shot to death inside a parked car at the Rock City Plaza on the 2900-block of Island Highway on May 20th at approximately 3:30pm. The identity of the victim has not been released at this time.

Investigation led police the Best Western Hotel on Metral Drive where several people were arrested. A vehicle associated to these individuals has been seized. 

RCMP Const. Gary O’Brien said “This is a dynamic investigation and at this time we cannot confirm if there are others who are not in custody, who may be involved in this shooting.”

Police are asking for any dash cam video taken in the area of Rock City Plaza from 3:15 pm to 3:45 pm today May 20th to contact them at 250-754-2345.

BC RCMP Major Crimes unit investigates the suspicious death of Brenda Ware in Kootenay National Park

The 2021 BC Homicide Victim List is available here

RCMP said the body of 35-year-old Brenda Ware was found 54 Kilometers northeast of Radium, BC along Highway 93 in Kootenay National Park.

The BC RCMP Southeast District Major Crime Unit has taken carriage of the investigation and is seeking public assistance in locating Philip Toner, who is a person of interest in the death investigation.

Acting Officer-In-Charge (A/OIC) Supt. Sanjaya Wijayakoon said in a press release “Brenda Ware and Toner were known to each other, however the nature of that relationship will not be released at this time. Investigators are interested in speaking with Philip Toner, 41, as soon as possible.”

Philip Toner is described as:

  • Caucasian male
  • Brown hair
  • Bald
  • 5’11
  • 190 lbs

If Philip hears, or sees this call for information, we ask him to contact the police of jurisdiction, says Supt. Wijayakoon.

Should you encounter Toner, do not approach him and immediately call 9-1-1.

Philip Toner, who was located by the Lake Country RCMP on May 11th, appeared in Kelowna Provincial Law Courts this morning where the BC Prosecution Service secured a 7-day remand, in order to have Toner transported back to Alberta.

Toner, 41, has been charged with one count of second degree murder in relation to the homicide of 35-year-old Brenda Ware.

Oliver RCMP investigating a fatal shooting

Oliver RCMP responded to a report of a shooting at a home in the 6000-block of Sandpoint Drive on June 13th at approximately 11:20pm.

Police arrived to find a deceased male victim at the scene. The investigation is in its early stages, however, police believe it was a targeted murder. More information will be added as it becomes available.

Anyone with information is requested to call the Southeast District Major Crime Unit at 1-877-987-8477.

The 2020 BC Homicide Victim List is available here.

Details on Canada’s Top 10 Mass Murders based on numbers of victims is available here!

Vancouver police investigate the city’s 4th homicide of 2020

Vancouver police stated in a June 5th press released that they are investigating the May stabbing death of Josue Vela.

Police said Josue Vela, 37, was stabbed on street in the area of Princess Avenue and Cordova Street on May 10th. Vela was rushed to hospital where he died of his injuries on May 12th.

Investigators made an arrest, however they released the individual pending further investigation. VPD investigators do not believe there is a risk to the public.

Anyone with information is asked to contact VPD’s Homicide Unit at 604-717-2500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

The 2020 Vancouver Homicide Victim List is available here.

Alicia Berg, found dead lying on the side of Highway 1 in Boston Bar. IHIT investigating

Emergency responders along with the B.C. Coroners Service responded to Highway 1 approximately three kilometers east of the Yale Tunnel in Boston Bar after receiving a report of a deceased female at the side of the road by a passing motorist, on June 3rd at approximately 4:22am..

The deceased, who has been identified as Alicia Hatarina Berg, 29, had suspicious injuries and IHIT was called in to take carriage of the investigation.

IHIT Press Release: “Investigators are asking for dashcam video from drivers who were traveling between Hope and Boston Bar on June 3, 2020 between midnight and 5 a.m. Anyone who saw someone matching Alicia’s description is urged to contact IHIT immediately.
Alicia Berg is described as:

  • Caucasian
  • Green hair
  • 29-years-old
  • 5’6’’
  • 140 lbs.
  • Wearing a grey hoody, grey-black sweat pants, and sandals.

Anyone with information is asked to call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551- IHIT (4448), or by email at

The 2020 BC Homicide Victim List is available here.

Details on Canada’s Top 10 Mass Murders based on numbers of victims is available here!

British Columbia Murder Victim List 2020

Murders in 2020 So Far: 87
(2019 Total: 74)
Male Victims: 64
Female Victims: 20
Unknown: 2

BC January Murder Count: 8
(January 2019 total: 2)
Males: 7
Females: 1

1 – Jason Stanley Wells, Male, 39, Surrey
2 – Jesus Cristobal-Esteban, Male, 62, Vancouver
3 – Edi Bogere-Nyigwo, Male, 24, Maple Ridge
4 – Mathieu Flynn, Male, 31, Vancouver
5 – Tonya Hyer, Female, 45, Vancouver
6 – Julian Johnson, Male, 28, Shooting, Burnaby
7 – Joseph Vincent Morrissey, Male, 51, Burnaby
8 – John Doe, Male, Langford

BC February Murder Count: 2
(Feb 2019 total: 5)
Males: 2

9 – Ravinder Singh Sandhu, Male, 42, Shooting, Langley
10 – John Doe, Abbotsford

BC March Murder Count: 7
(Mar 2019 total: 10)
Males: 4
Females: 3

11 – Joy Morris, Female, 62, Vanderhoof
12 – Ivy Chen, Coquitlam
13 – John Doe, Male, Kelowna
14 – Stuart Schellenberg, Male, 38, Chilliwack
15 – John Doe, Male, Assault with a weapon, Victoria
16 – John Rene Kevin  White, Male, 59, Stabbing, Kamloops
17 – Angela Dalman, Female, 40, Langford BC

BC April Murder Count: 4
(Apr 2019 total: 12)
Males: 2
Females: 2

18 – Barbara Waite, Female, 64, Squamish
19 – Pritpal Singh, Male, 21, Shooting, Surrey
20– Tina Seminara, Female, 61, Beating, Osoyoos
21 – John Doe, Male, 43, Lethbridge

BC May Murder Count: 3
(May 2019 total: 3)
Males: 3

22 – Louis Korkowski, Male, 33, Quesnel
23 – James Nathan Roberts, Male, 38, Terrace
24 – Josue Vela, Male, 37, Stabbing

BC June Murder Count: 9
(June 2019 total: 4)
Males: 4

25 – Alicia Berg, Female, 29, Boston Bar
26 –Carlos Palafox, Male, 40, Unknown
27 –Jennifer Quesnel, Female, 41, Salt Spring Island
28 – Charles Henry Klose, Male, 58, Chilliwack
29 – John Doe, Male, Oliver
30 – Francesco Zangrilli, Male, 46, Langley
31 – Tatania Bazyar, Female, 50, Langley
32 – Mediya ‘Befrin’ Ebrahimian, Female, 23, Langley
33 – Bo Fan, Female, 41, Surrey
34 – Karlee May Dixon, Female, 40, Surrey

BC July Murder Count: 12
(July 2019 total: 5)
Males: 10
Females: 2

35 – Jane Doe, Female, Stabbing, Prince George
36 – John Doe, Male, 30, Houston
37 – Daniel Haydon, Male, Stabbing, Vancouver
38 – Paul Tonks, Male, 68, Shooting, Vancouver
39 –Dennis Wragg, Male, 72, Shooting, Vancouver
40 – Karmjit Sran, Male, 43, Shooting, Abbotsford
41 – John Doe, Male, 18, Abbotsford
42 – Amin Shahin Shakur, Male, Shooting, Vancouver
43 – Sarah Foord, Female, 38, Fort St John
44 – Thomus Donaghy, Male, Sabbing, Vancouver
45 – Randy Joseph Chan, Male, 23, Burnaby
46 – Barry Jones, Male, 55, Spallumcheen North Okanagan, BC

BC August Murder Count: 5
(Aug2019 total: 8)
Males: 5

47 – Paul Samuel Whitten, Male, 39, Kamloops
48 –  Jeff Strom, Male, 64, Beating, Vancouver
49 – Dana Prevost, Male, 46, Beating, Enderby
50 – Vien Ngoc Bui, Male, 64, Mission, BC
51 – Cory Patterson, Male, 34, Shooting ,Kelowna

BC September Murder Count: 7
(Sept 2019 otal: 4)
Males: 4
Unknown: 2

52 – David Simpson, Male, Clearwater
53 – Neil Scarisbrick, Male, 36, Beating, Vancouver
54 – Unknown, Vancouver
55 – Unknown, Vancouver
56 – Iqubal Grewal, Male, 23, Shooting
57 – John Doe, Male, Richmond
58 – Erin Chelsea Borgford, Female, 27, Vernon
59 – Serri, Alireza, 44, North Vancouver BC 

BC October Murder Count: 7
(Oct 2019 total: 7)
Males: 6

60 – Zacheriah Bradley, Male, 27, Shooting, Coldstream
61 – John Doe, Male, Stabbing, Surrey
62 – Howard Glen Hill, Male, 31, Langley
63 – John Doe, Male, 20, Merritt
64 – Douglas Wanke, Male, 57, Vancouver
65 – Jane Doe, Female, Stabbing, Surrey
66 – John Doe, 20’s, Stabbing, Maple Ridge

BC November Murder Count: 7
(Nov 2019 total: 7)
Males: 4
Females: 3

67 – Unknown, Male, Qualicum Beach, Whiskey Creek
68 – Shawan McGrath, Male, 52, Qualicum Beach, Whiskey Creek
69 -Shanda Wilson, Female, 38, Qualicum Beach, Whiskey Creek
70 – Jane Doe, Female, 55, Langford
71 – Damien Franklin Leung, Male, 34, Stabbing, Vancouver
72 – John Doe, Male, Shooting Surrey

73 – Jane Doe, Female, 18, Burnaby

BC December Murder Count: 10
(Dec 2019 total: 6)
Males: 9
Females: 1

74 – Lisa Ellie Marie Baines, Female, 29, Shooting, Surrey
75 – Thomas Simon, Male, 19, Vancouver
76 – Amar Najat Jalal, Male, 19, Shooting, Vancouver
77 – Matthew Cholette, Male, 27, Kelowna
78 – Alex Gortmaker, Male, 72, Stabbing, Vancouver
79 – Harman Singh Dhesi, Male, 19, Shooting, Surrey
80 – John Doe, Male, Shooting Surrey
81 – John Doe, Male, Tofino
82 – Carlton Leith, Male, 45, Chilliwack
83 – John Doe, Male, Esquimalt

*84 – Austin James (AJ) Forsyth, Male, 30, Lethbridge (incident occurred June, 1st – Police released details March 2021)
*85 – Const. Allan Young, Male, 55, Nelson BC (Incident occurred on July 16th Police released details March 2021)
*86 – Pietro Adamo, Male, 54, Houston BC ( Died of injuries in October, announced in August 2021)
*87 – Crystal Chambers, Prince George

RCMP investigating a fatal stabbing in south Surrey

Surrey RCMP located a man with apparent stab wounds in the 1700-block of 152nd Street on August 16th at approximately 3:00am. 

The victim, Delphin Paul Prestbakmo, 45, died at the scene. Police believe the attack was targeted and said the investigation is still in the early stages. No arrests have been made at this time. 

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team has been called and will be working in partnership with the Surrey RCMP. Anyone with information regarding this investigation can call the IHIT Information Line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448).

The 2019 Surrey Homicide Victim List is available here.

Williams Lake police investigating a fatal shooting

Williams Lake RCMP responded to a report of shots fired in the 1100 block of Mackenzie Avenue on August 6th at approximately 12:45am.

Police arrived to find a 43-year-old man suffering from serious injuries lying on a driveway. The victim was rushed to hospital where he died of his injuries.

No arrests have been made at this time. Anyone with information is asked to contact Williams Lake RCMP at (250) 392-6211.