Po­lice re­lease new info on 2018 dou­ble mur­der

The Province - - NEWS - TIF­FANY CRAW­FORD — With files from Kim Bolan ticraw­[email protected]­media.com

Van­cou­ver po­lice have re­leased new in­for­ma­tion about a gang-re­lated dou­ble mur­der a year ago that left a young by­stander dead.

On Fri­day, the VPD re­leased a photo of a ve­hi­cle that po­lice al­lege was in­volved in the Jan. 13, 2018 shoot­ing, a red Pon­tiac Mon­tana.

Kevin White­side, 23, and Al­fred Wong, 15, were shot and killed at East Broad­way Ave. and On­tario St. near the In­do­chine Kitchen and Bar.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieve White­side was there plan­ning to kill a 28-year-old Van­cou­ver res­i­dent and ri­val gang­ster, Matthew Navas-Ri­vas, who was at the In­do­chine restau­rant with a fe­male com­pan­ion.

As the two left the restau­rant, a sec­ond per­son opened fire and White­side was hit and later died in hos­pi­tal. The gun­fire also struck Wong, who was in a ve­hi­cle with his fam­ily driv­ing through the area. He died two days later in hos­pi­tal af­ter fam­ily de­cided to take him off life sup­port.

Wong was de­scribed by friends as a po­lite, re­spect­ful, church-go­ing boy with a bright fu­ture. The Pine­tree Sec­ondary School stu­dent was a gifted stu­dent, who liked bas­ket­ball and was a com­pet­i­tive swim­mer and a vol­un­teer life­guard.

Navas-Ri­vas was not hurt that night. How­ever, po­lice said he was mur­dered on July 15, 2018 in Van­cou­ver.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors have seized the red Pon­tiac Mon­tana. They have also found video of a dark pickup truck turn­ing into the crime scene at the time of the killings, and of­fi­cers would like the oc­cu­pants to con­tact them.

Sgt. Mike Heard, a com­man­der with VPD homi­cide de­tec­tives, said they have made progress on the case but are re­leas­ing the photo be­cause they know there are peo­ple with im­por­tant in­for­ma­tion about the deaths who have cho­sen not to talk.

“We are ask­ing them to do the right thing and con­tact us now,” he said.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to con­tact de­tec­tives at 604-717-0515 or Crime Stop­pers at 1-800-222-8477.

At the time of the shoot­ing, po­lice called the gang vi­o­lence be­tween ri­val groups in the Lower Main­land the worst the prov­ince had ex­pe­ri­enced in a decade.

White­side, a Van­cou­ver drug dealer, had a crim­i­nal past dat­ing to 2013. He spent time in jail for assault with weapon, and later pos­ses­sion for the purpose of traf­fick­ing.

AL­FRED ΆONG

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