Surrey: Investigators say they’ve made an arrest in the murder of a young man in Abbotsford, who was killed in a case of mistaken identity, and police have linked it with another death a year earlier.
RCMP Corp. David Lee says the BC Prosecution Service has approved first-degree murder charges against 21-year-old Tyrel Quesnelle in the deaths of Jagvir Malhi and Randeep Kang.
The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team has said Malhi, who was 19, was a university student with no criminal history when he was the unintended victim of a targeted shooting on Nov. 12, 2018.
Lee says 27-year-old Randeep Kang was shot and killed in Surrey on Ocotober 27, 2017.
He says that after months of investigations, officers determined both killings were connected and involved Quesnelle, a man with links to the Lower Mainland gang conflict.
He says Quesnelle was arrest Friday in Edmonton without incident and remains in custody, awaiting transport to B.C.
He would not comment on possible motive, nor say when or how investigators discovered a link between the two cases.
“The arrest today was the result of the tireless efforts of all of our investigations, but the investigation continues,” he said.
Lee says investigators believe there were other people involved and encouraged anyone with information to come forward.