The victim of a gruesome murder in Langley has been identified.
Homicide investigators say 27-year-old Shaun Alan Clary was the man found brutally dismembered on the side of a Langley road earlier this week.
Investigators say Clary has “known gang associations,” but wouldn’t specify to which organization he was linked.
But while police say they’re aware of “heightened tension” between some gang members, they’re still investigating whether horrific act was motivated by gang conflict.
IHIT Corporal Megan Foster says Shaun Alan Clary had a criminal record, and says she hopes the public can tell investigators things that his gang associates can’t.
“..What we would like to know is the circumstances around Mr. Clary’s recent involvement with anybody, and his recent activities. We’re looking for people he may have been associated to so that we can follow up with those people.”
Police were called around 7am Wednesday morning to a stretch of Robson Crescent near 243rd Street in Langley, where they discovered Clary’s remains.
His body had been dismembered, and left on the roadside.
In a statement, Cpl. Meghan Foster with the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team called for anyone who had details of the “flagrant disregard for Mr. Clary’s life” to come forward.
“The targeted and barbaric nature of this homicide is not lost on investigators or the public, and we are working tirelessly to gather evidence to move forward.”
Clary’s body was discovered just a few blocks away from a known drug house belonging to the 856 gang.
Less than two weeks beforehand, a senior member of that gang, Jason Wallace, was accused of murdering a prominent Hells Angels member, Robert Green.
Clary has a criminal record dating back to 2008, including a charge in 2011 for assault with a weapon.
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With files from Shelby Thom