Vancouver police make an arrest in the city’s latest homicide

Vancouver police responded to a report of an altercation inside 1125 Pendrell Street on September 10th at approximately 8:00pm. 

Police arrived to find Kyle Vincent Gabriel, 29, with life-threatening injuries. Gabriel was rushed to hospital where he later died.

On September 11th police arrested a 23-year-old Vancouver man in the area of Pendrell and Thurlow streets. During the arrest, the suspect allegedly assaulted a police officer and tried to injure a police dog.

VPD said the homicide investigation is ongoing and no charges related to the homicide have been laid at this time. Anyone with information is asked to call VPD homicide detectives at 604-717-2500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Update October 11
Yasin Rashid, 23, was formally charged with second-degree murder in the death of Kyle Vincent Gabriel on October 11th.

The 2019 Vancouver Homicide Victim List is available here.

Vancouver Homicide #6 – Homicide Unit investigating the death of John Leslie McIver

Vancouver police were called to a report of a suspicious death at McIver’s Appliance Sales and Service, near Ontario Street and East 69th Avenue, on June 26th at approximately 8:30am.

Police arrived to find John Leslie McIver, 78,  deceased at the scene. Police have not released the cause of death at this time.

Vancouver police homicide detectives are now investigating, and no arrests have been made. Anyone with information is asked to call VPD’s Homicide Unit at 604-717-2500. 

Update July 26th.

36 year old Brian Roger Holt, has been arrested and charged with second degree murder in relation to the death of John Leslie McIver.

The 2019 Vancouver Homicide Victim List is available here.

Vancouver police investigating the city’s 5th homicide of 2019

Vancouver police responded to report of a shooting in the area of Main and East 35th  Avenue around 9:45pm on June 25th.

Police arrived at the apartment building to find Vaughn Bradley Lim, 33, deceased. Police said the victim died from a gunshot wound. The identity of the deceased hasn’t been released because police are awaiting confirmation on that person’s identity.

A man in his 30’s was arrested “short distance away from where the homicide occurred,” said Vancouver Police spokesman Cst. Steve Addison.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call VPD’s Major Crime Section at 604-717-2500

The 2019 Vancouver Homicide Victim List is available here.

Alvaro Julio Roche-Garcia charged with the homicide of Zenen Cepeda Silva in Vancouver

Vancouver police responded to a report of a shooting at Fraser Street and East 51st Avenue, on January 26th just before midnight.

Police arrived to find Zenen Cepeda Silva suffering from gunshot wounds. Cepeda Silva was rushed to hospital where he died of his injuries.

Alvaro Julio Roche-Garcia, 58, has been arrested and charged with first degree murder.

The 2019 Vancouver Homicide Victim List is available here.

Vancouver’s 1st Homicide of 2019 – Matthew Dillen Johnson dies as a result of an assault

Vancouver police responded to a report of an assault in progress inside an apartment on Powell Street near Gore Street, on January 1st at approximately 8:00pm.

Police arrived to find 39-year-old Vancouver resident Matthew Dillen Johnson in medical distress in his unit. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Police said the investigation is ongoing. No arrests have been made at this time.

Anyone with information about this homicide is asked to call police at 604-717-2500.

10 Biggest Canadian City Homicide Count, Homicide Rate Per 100,000 And Full Year 2018 Projections: Updated October 7th, 2018

Toronto still leads with the highest homicide rate per capita of the ten major cities, Winnipeg is second, with the City of Vancouver, Edmonton, and Brampton tied for third.

Toronto and Brampton projected homicides are up considerably over the 2017 totals.

Click on city for listing of that city’s homicides

City Population Homicides 2018 Proj. Homicides 2017
Projection per 100K Homicides
Toronto 2731571 83 108.2 4.0 63
Montreal 1704694 18 23.5 1.4 24
Calgary 1239220 11 14.3 1.2 28
Ottawa 934243 14 18.3 2.0 14
Edmonton 932546 21 27.4 2.9 42
Mississauga 721599 6 7.8 1.1 9
Winnipeg 705224 17 22.2 3.1 21
Vancouver 631486 14 18.3 2.9 17
Brampton 593638 13 16.9 2.9 6
Hamilton 536917 6 7.8 1.5 10

10 Biggest Canadian City Homicide Count, Homicide Rate Per 100,000 And Full Year 2018 Projections: Updated August 30th, 2018

Toronto still leads with the highest homicide rate per capita of the ten major cities, with the City of Vancouver second followed Edmonton.

Click on city for listing of that city’s homicides

City Population Homicides 2018 Proj. Homicides 2017
Projection per 100K Homicides
Toronto 2731571 70 105.6 3.9 63
Montreal 1704694 18 27.1 1.6 24
Calgary 1239220 10 15.1 1.2 28
Ottawa 934243 13 19.6 2.1 14
Edmonton 932546 20 30.2 3.2 42
Mississauga 721599 5 7.5 1.0 9
Winnipeg 705224 12 18.1 2.6 21
Vancouver 631486 14 21.1 3.3 17
Brampton 593638 11 16.6 2.8 6
Hamilton 536917 4 6.0 1.1 10

Vancouver Homicide #14 – Willis Charles Hunt killed in road rage incident.

Vancouver police received a 9-1-1 call about a man shot near Bridgeway Street, just under the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge on August 10th jut after 1:30am.

Police and paramedics arrived to find Willis Charles Hunt, 33, and a 32-year-old woman who was in the vehicle with Willis. The woman was treated for minor injuries, Willis Charles Hunt succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

Police believe the homicide was the result of a road rage incident. No arrests have been made at this time.

Homicide detectives are asking anyone with dash cam video who may have been driving in the area of McGill and Renfrew Streets between 1:30 and 2:00 Friday morning, or anyone who may have information about this incident, to contact investigators at 604-717-2500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

The 2018 Vancouver Homicide Victim List is available here.

Police discover a murdered woman in a hotel room after guests complain of a strong odor

Vancouver police are investigating after the discovery of woman’s body in a Granville Street Regal Hotel in downtown Vancouver.

VPD said they were called to the Regal Hotel on August 1st at approximately 4:30am on report of a strong odor coming from the second floor. Upon arrival police discovered a deceased 31-year-old woman in the room.

The identity of the deceased and the cause of death will not be released at this time.

No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about this homicide is asked to call detectives are 604-717-2500.

Update August 5
Police have identified the victim as Chelsea Lynn De Forge, 31, of Vancouver.

The 2018 Vancouver Homicide Victim List is available here.

10 Biggest Canadian City Homicide Count, Homicide Rate Per 100,000 And Full Year 2018 Projections: Updated July 31, 2018

Toronto leads with the highest homicide rate of the ten major cities.

Click on city for listing of city homicides

City Population Homicides 2018 Proj. Homicides 2017
Projection per 100K Homicides
Toronto 2731571 59 101.6 3.7 63
Montreal 1704694 16 27.5 1.6 24
Calgary 1239220 7 12.1 1.0 28
Ottawa 934243 13 22.4 2.4 14
Edmonton 932546 18 31.0 3.3 42
Mississauga 721599 4 6.9 1.0 9
Winnipeg 705224 11 18.9 2.7 21
Vancouver 631486 12 20.7 3.3 17
Brampton 593638 11 18.9 3.2 6
Hamilton 536917 3 5.2 1.0 10