Quadru­ple homi­cide pos­si­bly linked with ‘loose crim­i­nal net­works’ as sus­pect’s ties probed

Calgary Sun - - NEWS - MEGHAN POTKINS — With files from Sam Paz­zano

Po­lice have stopped short of call­ing it gang-re­lated, but say “loose crim­i­nal net­works” may be be­hind a bru­tal quadru­ple homi­cide, as new de­tails emerge about one of two sus­pects fac­ing mur­der charges.

Fol­low­ing a three­month in­ves­ti­ga­tion span­ning three prov­inces, Cal­gary po­lice have laid charges in the deaths of Glyn­nis Fox, 36, Cody Pfeif­fer, 25, and Tif­fany Ear, 39, who were found dead in a burn­ing car in Sage Hill on July 10, and Hanock Afow­erk, 26, who was found two days later near High­way 22 and High­way 8.

Yu Chieh Liao, who also goes by Diana Liao, and Te­wodros Mu­tugeta Kebede have each been charged with one count of first-de­gree mur­der in Afow­erk’s death.

The two also face three counts each of ac­ces­sory after the fact to mur­der in the deaths of Fox, Pfeif­fer and Ear.

A source told Post­media that Kebede “has skirted around the edges of other gangs” and is known to be a part of a group of in­di­vid­u­als al­legedly in­volved in gun and drug traf­fick­ing in Scar­bor­ough, Ont.

Kebede was in cus­tody in Toronto un­til very re­cently on un­re­lated charges, in­clud­ing drug traf­fick­ing, as well as threat­en­ing and in­tim­i­da­tion of a Crown wit­ness. He is sched­uled to ap­pear in a Toronto court on some of those charges Mon­day.

At a Cal­gary po­lice news con­fer­ence Wednesday, Act­ing Insp. Paul Wozney con­firmed that in­ves­ti­ga­tors are still look­ing for more sus­pects in the quadru­ple homi­cide.

“The in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing (and) we be­lieve that there are ad­di­tional peo­ple in­volved,” Wozney said.

He also ac­knowl­edged that some in­ves­tiga­tive the­o­ries have shifted in the last three months.

“We are now of the be­lief, based on the cor­rob­o­ra­tion of records, in­ter­views and other po­lice tech­niques, that these peo­ple are all known to one an­other,” Wozney said.

Po­lice were care­ful not to re­peat, as they had pre­vi­ously, that some of the vic­tims may have sim­ply “been in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

“All six of these peo­ple — the four vic­tims and the two ac­cused — were known to one an­other,” Wozney said. “The ex­act na­ture of those roles, I can’t com­ment on at this par­tic­u­lar time.”

Wozney de­clined to con­firm if the mur­ders were gan­gre­lated Wednesday, but said there are “loose crim­i­nal net­works” in­volved.

How­ever, he did thank the guns and gangs unit of the Toronto Po­lice Ser­vice for help­ing them to “push this in­ves­ti­ga­tion for­ward,” as well as the con­tri­bu­tions of RCMP and po­lice in Moose Jaw and Medicine Hat.

Both Liao, 24, and Kebede, 25, ap­peared sep­a­rately in pro­vin­cial court Wednesday and had their cases ad­journed to Nov. 2.

A cousin of vic­tim Cody Pfeif­fer, Den­nis Hil­lareguy, said he was happy to hear po­lice took sus­pects into cus­tody, but he added it’s “kind of sad” that the first-de­gree mur­der charges are only in one of the four deaths.

“It sure would be nice to get some clo­sure and get those peo­ple off the street,” he said.

Carla Fox, a cousin of Glyn­nis Fox and Ear, said she is hope­ful that the de­vel­op­ments an­nounced Wednesday will lead to more charges soon.

“My cousins were like sis­ters to me and I miss them ev­ery day,” she said. “They de­serve to rest in peace and the chil­dren and fam­ily de­serve to live in peace.”

Fox and Ear left be­hind 16 chil­dren be­tween them.

Cal­gary po­lice con­tinue to seek more in­for­ma­tion from the pub­lic. “If you’re scared, if you feel in­tim­i­dated, we would be able to pro­vide you with as­sis­tance,” said Wozney.

Po­lice are also ask­ing for help find­ing a spe­cific lo­ca­tion on the out­skirts of Moose Jaw where they be­lieve cloth­ing con­nected to the mur­ders may have been burned or de­stroyed. Wozney said in­ves­ti­ga­tors are par­tic­u­larly in­ter­ested in ru­ral ar­eas near the air­port and CFB Moose Jaw.

“We’re ask­ing peo­ple in that par­tic­u­lar area of Saskatchewan to take a look.” @mpotkins

GAvIN yOuNG PHO­TOS/post­media net­work

Yu Chieh Liao and Te­wodros Mu­tugeta Kebede are es­corted by Cal­gary po­lice of­fi­cers at the ar­rest pro­cess­ing unit late Tues­day. The pair face first-de­gree mur­der charges in re­la­tion to the death of Hanock Afow­erk, part of a quadru­ple homi­cide in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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