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Surrey slayings latest murders in deadly weekend 0

By Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver

Homicide investigators have yet to identify two men gunned down in a Surrey underground parking lot just before midnight Jan. 13. Both died on scene. (SHANE MACKICHAN/ 24 HOURS)

Homicide investigators have yet to identify two men gunned down in a Surrey underground parking lot just before midnight Jan. 13. Both died on scene. (SHANE MACKICHAN/ 24 HOURS)

Three double homicides that appear unrelated were keeping police busy across B.C. following the discovery of six bodies in three different municipalities over the weekend.

The latest double slaying happened in Surrey just before midnight Sunday where two men were gunned down in an underground parking lot.

The slayings, which left one neighbour contemplating moving from his 128 Street home of 20 years, followed the discovery of the bodies of a couple at a Vanderhoof home and two men who police found deceased at a Hope residence.

A man at an apartment with a balcony overlooking the Surrey shooting scene told 24 hours he rushed outside after being awakened by the gunfire.

“Exactly five (shots). I jumped up, threw my pants on, went to the balcony, got my binoculars and I saw two bodies laying in a ‘T’ shape,” said the man who declined to have his name published.

“They were about six feet apart. Both were dressed in black dark outfits with hoodies. The hoodie was pulled back on one of them. I could see the bullet had exited his back head. There was a man running as fast as he could to the bodies, yelling, ‘It’s Ian.’”

The Vanderhoof victims were identified as Blaine Barfoot and Tara Williams, both of whom had had been investigated for drug links by police, RCMP said.

No motives have been released for any of the killings.

Elsewhere, police have identified Manjot Dhillon as the as the fatal shooting victim found bleeding on the road Sunday night in Surrey. Sgt. Jennifer Pound of the homicide team said the 27-year-old, who had several drug-related convictions, appeared to have been targeted in a gang-related shooting.

 

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