Vancouver Sun

Killed outside Burnaby store, teen remembered as `loving, kind, gentle'

- KIM BOLAN kbolan

Relatives of the man gunned down in Burnaby Saturday are rememberin­g him as “a loving, kind, gentle young man” who cared deeply for his family and friends.

Toni Dalipi, 19, was shot to death outside of a vape store on Sixth Street near 13th Avenue around 7 p.m. Saturday.

The Integrated Homicide Investigat­ion Team is investigat­ing the murder — the latest in a series of fatal shootings across the Lower Mainland in recent weeks.

Dalipi had no criminal record and had been working to help support his family, a friend told Postmedia.

The murder is believed to be targeted and may have links to a drug line operating in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.

Dalipi's family started a Go Fund Me page in his memory Sunday.

“Toni was a loving, kind, gentle young man who cared for everyone in his life dearly,” a post on the page says. “He loved his family so very much and all he wanted to do was make everyone around very proud of him.”

Postmedia has learned that a second person — a bystander — was also injured in the shooting and made their own way to hospital. They are expected to recover.

Video from the crime scene posted on social media shows several people coming to Dalipi's aid and shouting for water, oxygen and assistance.

He was taken to hospital, but died of his injuries, IHIT said in a tweet Saturday night.

A driver posted dash cam video of his vehicle travelling north on Sixth Street that appears to capture the murder.

A person dressed in black fires several shots into the doorway of a business then attempts to flee, but trips on the street outside.

The building houses a martial arts academy and a vape store. A worker at the vape store said Sunday that everything was back to normal after the dramatic events the day before.

Sources say a suspect has been identified in the case.

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