Pair charged in mur­ders Vic­tims knew two sus­pects in quadru­ple homi­cide

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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.

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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.

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