It appears the murder of a 42-year-old man in the parking lot of a Richmond Sikh temple is not connected to a string of shootings in Surrey and North Delta.
Integrated Homicide Investigation Team Sergeant Stephanie Ashton: “We’re confident that it is isolated, that it has nothing to do with the low level drug war going on in other communities.”
“What our witnesses are telling us indicates this is an isolated incident, that it isn’t connected to what’s going on in other communities.”
Edwin Shek-Yin Cheng was found shot to death in his car Friday night – during a 24-hour Sikh prayer service.
Meanwhile, police investigating the ongoing low-level gang war in Surrey and Delta are again appealing to the community for information.
But Surrey MLA Harry Bains, whose nephew Arun was killed in the violence, says getting cooperation could prove difficult.
Speaking on The Sean Leslie Show with guest host Marcella Bernardo, Bains says more trust needs to be built between police and the community.
“That is the frustration that many community leaders and many parents feel that they sometimes wrongly are fingered, that somehow they are not cooperating or they are not telling about their child or their loved ones – and on the other hand, police are frustrated because they feel they’re not getting the support.”
Bains says parents often feel like when they do speak out they don’t get help.
He says resources need to be poured into both prevention and enforcement – to gain a sense of trust between enforcement and community, before the community feels like it can rely on police.