Man charged in Le­Clair killing

Po­lice al­lege sev­eral peo­ple in­volved in 2009 mur­der

The Province - - NEWS - CH­ERYL CHAN chchan@post­ Twit­

We are con­fi­dent we will even­tu­ally find and ar­rest the last re­main­ing sus­pect in Kevin Le­Clair’s mur­der.”

Staff Sgt. Lind­sey Houghton

An On­tario man has been charged with first-de­gree mur­der nine years af­ter the 2009 slay­ing of a Red Scor­pion gang mem­ber, Kevin Le­Clair, in Lan­g­ley.

Kresh­nik Is­mailaj, 37, was ar­rested with­out in­ci­dent Fri­day in Whitby, Ont. with the help of lo­cal po­lice, the Com­bined Forces Spe­cial En­force­ment Unit of B.C. said Mon­day in a state­ment.

He has been trans­ported to the Lower Main­land, where he re­mains in cus­tody.

Is­mailaj, who has no crim­i­nal record, re­cently moved to On­tario from B.C., said the CFSEU, the pro­vin­cial anti­gang unit. No court date has been set.

“This in­ves­ti­ga­tion, and all those in­ves­ti­ga­tions con­nected to it and the gang con­flict in the late 2000s, has in­volved hun­dreds of of­fi­cers from dozens of po­lice agen­cies and units,” said CFSEU spokesman Staff Sgt. Lind­sey Houghton.

Is­mailaj is one of sev­eral peo­ple po­lice al­lege they have iden­ti­fied as play­ing a role in the death of Le­Clair out­side a strip mall on Feb. 6, 2009, at the height of a deadly gang con­flict be­tween the United Na­tions and Red Scor­pi­ons gang.

Last month, Cory Vallee, a hit­man for the United Na­tions gang, was con­victed of first-de­gree mur­der in Le­Clair’s death. Vallee re­ceived an au­to­matic life sen­tence with no hope of pa­role for 25 years.

The Le­Clair in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­mains ac­tive, po­lice said.

Conor Vin­cent D’Monte is an­other per­son al­leged to have par­tic­i­pated in Le­Clair’s killing. D’Monte is be­lieved to have fled Canada in 2011 to es­cape ar­rest.

On Mon­day, po­lice re­it­er­ated its re­solve to cap­ture all per­pe­tra­tors in the case.

“Time does not dampen our re­solve and we are con­fi­dent that we will even­tu­ally find and ar­rest the last re­main­ing sus­pect in Kevin Le­Clair’s mur­der, no mat­ter where he might be hid­ing,” said Houghton.

Red Scor­pion mem­ber Kevin Le­Clair was killed in 2009.

Conor Vin­cent D’Monte is one per­son al­leged to have par­tic­i­pated in the killing of Kevin Le­Clair in 2009.

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