New Westminster Police Department investigating the City’s latest homicide

New Westminster Police Department responded to report of shots fired in the 600 block of East Columbia Street on April 27th at approximately 7:30pm.

Police arrived to find Robel Kinfe Abera, 20, deceased at the scene with apparent gunshot wounds. Police located the suspect, who was taken into custody without incident. There are no public safety concerns as a result of this incident.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation can call the IHIT at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448)

Police investigating the 10th Surrey BC homicide of 2019

Surrey police responded to report of a shooting in the area of Abbey Drive and 176 Street on April 26th at approximately 5:00pm.

The male victim was found suffering from gunshot wounds. He was pronounced at the scene. Police have not identified the victim at this time. No arrests have been made.

Anyone with further information who has not already spoken to police is asked to contact the IHIT tip line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448)

The 2019 Surrey Homicide Victim List is available here.

Gordon Parmenter fatally shot during a church service in Salmon Arm BC

Salmon Arm RCMP responded to a fatal shooting involving two men at the Church of Christ on 5th Avenue and 5th Street SW on April 14th. Police said the church was hosting an event when a man entered and shot two of the parishioners.

Police arrived to find 2 men suffering from gunshot wounds. 78-year-old Gordon Parmenter died from his injuries, the other victim is expected to survive.

25-year-old Matrix Savage Gathergood, has been arrested and charged with First Degree murder, Aggravated assault, and Disguise with intent to commit an indictable offense.

Canadian Major City Statistics are available here.

Kitkatla sudden death being investigated as a homicide

Prince Rupert RCMP responded to a report of a possible sudden death at home on Beach Street in the small community of Kitkatla.

Police arrived to find a 34-year-old man suffering from life threatening injuries. A
Medivac Helicopter from Prince Rupert was dispatched to transport the man to hospital, however he dies of his injuries at the scene.

No other information in available at this time. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Prince Rupert RCMP at 250 627-0700 .

Second-degree murder charge in the 2016 drowning death of Arlene Susan Westervelt

RCMP said Arlene Susan Westervelt,56, died while canoeing on June 26th, 2016, on
Okanagan Lake. Police said her body was found in 35 feet of water 100 meters from the shore the following day.

After a lengthy investigation police arrested Lambertus (Bert) Westervelt, 63, on April 6th, 2019 and charged him with the murder of his wife.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact the Southeast District Major Crime Unit at the dedicated tip line 1-877-987-8477.

Stanny Bernice Carr dies in hospital 7 months after being gunned down in Chilliwack

Chilliwack RCMP responded to a report of shots fired in the area of the 9400-block of Woodbine Street on August 8th, 2018. Emergency services arrived on scene and found 43-year-old Stanny Carr suffering from gunshot wounds.

Car was rushed to hospital where she remained paralyzed from the neck down. Police said Carr died in hospital on March 12th, and the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team is requesting public assistance to further its investigation.

Anyone with information, who have yet to come forward to police, is asked to call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at

Canadian major city homicide Statistics are available here.

IHIT investigating after three people found dead in an accident in Surrey

RCMP responded to a single vehicle accident at approximately 10:30 am on March 26th at the 32 ave diversion, under the Highway 99 overpass.

Police arrived to the scene to find three people deceased inside the vehicle. The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team has taken over the investigation as the deaths were deemed ‘suspicious.’

Police have not released the identities of the victim’s or cause of death at this time. More information will be added as it becomes available.

Chilliwack RCMP investigating the city’s second homicide of 2019

Chilliwack RCMP responded to the 45700 block of Alexander Avenue in Chilliwack on a report of a shooting on March 10th at approximately 6:30am.

Police and paramedics arrived to find 33-year-old James Vidal suffering from gunshot wounds. The IHIT reported that Vidal died of his injuries at the scene.

Police said Vidal is know to police and they believe the homicide was targeted. Anyone with information is asked to call the Chilliwack RCMP at (604)792-4611.

Click here for the first Chilliwack homicide of 2019

Vernon RCMP believe a break and enter and fatal shooting are connected.

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP received a report of a break and enter in progress on February 8th at approximately 1am in the 9800 block of Park Lane . It was reported that shots were fired, but the homeowner received non-lifethreatening injuries.

30 minutes later, police received a call reporting a shooting at the 4800 block of 27th Street in Vernon. Police arrived to find a man suffering from a gunshotwound in the parking lot of Village Green Hotel. The victim died of his injuries and police have one man in custody.

No other information is available at this time