The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team is expected to release the name of the man whose dismembered remains were dumped on the side of a rural Langley road on Wednesday.
But the gruesome discovery has raised questions as to whether recent violence is linked to betrayal and retaliation, and raised concerns of a possible gang war brewing between the 856 gang and the Hells Angels.
Police have yet to comment on the matter.
But what we do know is that on October 16, senior 856 gang member 27-year-old Jason Francis Wallace is accused of turning on his friend, killing prominent Hells Angel, 56-year-old Robert Green, after a Langley party.
Court records show Wallace was out on bail at the time of the killing. He’s facing six charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking.
A news release from the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit, B.C.’s gang squad, from June 2015 shows Wallace and another 856 member, Leonard Pelletier, were busted after a 2014 CFSEU investigation.
The release says the men were arrested in Langley and “significant quantities of drugs were seized following the execution of a search warrant on an apartment.”
That 856 drug house on the 4600-block of 236 street is just blocks away from where the dismembered body parts were discovered.
Investigators have remained tight-lipped, only saying it is considered a homicide, is targeted, and is gang-related.
Police have not confirmed the victim’s relationship to the two gangs.
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The same Wednesday morning the body was discovered, around 1am 43-year-old Mohammed Rafiq, reported to be a Hells Angels prospect with White Rock Chapter, was shot in 6000-block of Broadway, Burnaby. His car crashed into a neighbour’s house and he was wounded but will live.
Burnaby RCMP are investigating multiple reports of shots fired after they were called to an apartment complex on Rosser Avenue near Lougheed Highway at around 11:40 p.m. last night.
Staff Sgt. Curtis Burks says officers arrived on scene and confirmed shots had been fired, but thankfully nobody was hurt.
According to the RCMP, the 856 gang started out with a group of teenagers in Aldergrove, where the telephone prefix is 856. The gang eventually developed into a larger entity that got involved in the illegal drug trade and gun violence.
Members of the gang are known to tattoo 856 on the inside of their lips (either one or both lips, depending on their rank within the gang).
They have associates living and operating in the Lower Mainland and as far away as Fort St John, the Yukon, the Northwest Territories, Alberta, and even Ontario.
They have been in existence for close to a decade and have been featured in local and other media for their involvement in assaults, drugs, weapon-related, property-related, and other types of crimes.
Province watching closely
BC’s Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General says the province’s anti-gang units are working tirelessly to disrupt and stop known gang members and their associates.
Mike Morris says he’s concerned an innocent bystander could get hurt.
“These gang types, although they are targeting one another, there is the possibility that an innocent bystander could be affected by that, and that really alarms me,” Morris said.
The Minister adds two newly established 10-person teams within the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit are now fully operational.
With files from Simon Little