Pair charged in murders Victims knew two suspects in quadruple homicide
Yu Chieh Liao, 24 — otherwise known as Diana Liao — and Tewodros Mutugeta Kebede, 25, have been charged in relation to the quadruple homicide that occurred in Calgary’s Sage Hill community in July.
On July 10, Glynnis Fox, 36, Cody Pfeiffer, 25, and Tiffany Ear, 39, were found dead in a burntout vehicle in Sage Hill. Hanock Afowerk, 26, was found deceased near Highway 22 and Highway 8 on Wednesday, July 12.
Originally, police said sisters Fox and Ear, as well as Pfeiffer, were in the wrong place at the wrong time. But on Wednesday, Acting Insp. Paul Wozney, said investigative winds had changed, and that they now know that all the victims and both suspects knew each other in some way.
“I wouldn’t go as far as to say they were targeted, but the two accused and our deceased parties were known to one another,” he said. “We’re confident in that.”
He added that Liao and Kebede are considered criminal associates. When asked if this crime was gang-related, Wozney said “there are loose criminal networks involved.”
Police said the investigation spanned multiple provinces and resulted in first-degree murder charges against Liao and Kebede in connection with the death of Afowerk.
The pair has also each been charged with three counts of accessory after the fact (murder) in the deaths of Fox, Pfeiffer and Ear. No murder charges have been laid in relation to their deaths.
“The evidence thus far supports a charge of first-degree murder only for the murder of Mr. Afowerk,” said Wozney. “The investigation into the death of the other three people in the vehicle is continuing — full steam ahead.”
He added that Liao and Kebede are both still considered suspects in their deaths, but police are also looking for information into other people they believe to be involved.
“We believe there are other people involved in this offence — this investigation is not slowing, resources are not being directed elsewhere. We continue to pursue the truth,” said Wozney.
Both Liao and Kebede are scheduled to appear in court Nov. 2.
Liao was arrested by police in Toronto in late July on unrelated charges before being released on conditions. She is now in custody.
Further, Wozney said police continue to ask for help from people in Moose Jaw, Sask. as they haven’t yet found what they believe is a burn site near either the Canadian Forces Base in Moose Jaw or the Moose Jaw Airport.
Anyone who may have information that could assist the investigation is asked to contact the police non-emergency number at 403-266-1234, or Crime Stoppers anonymously.
Acting insp. Paul Wozney talks to media after a man and woman were charged in connection with the quadruple homicide that occurred in calgary in July.