Vancouver’s 19th homicide – Alex Gortmaker stabbed to death at the Biltmore Hotel

The 2020 Vancouver Homicide Victim List is available here.

Vancouver Police responded to the Biltmore Hotel on December 15th at approximately 2:40 p.m. after receiving reports about a serious assault.

Police said 72-year-old Alex Gortmaker was found suffering from stab wounds. Despite lifesaving efforts by police and paramedics, Gortmaker was pronounced deceased at the scene.

A 27-year-old man was arrested in the evening of December 15th. Anyone with information is asked to call VPD Homicide detectives at 604-717-2500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.