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Homicide Unit

The Homicide Unit investigates all murders, all attempted murders where death is imminent, and all conspiracy to commit murders in Vancouver. As well, they are responsible for looking into all sudden deaths where suspicious or unknown circumstances exist, and all suspicious missing person cases.

The Major Crime Homicide Unit has three teams of detective constables, each led by a sergeant. A crime analyst and two investigational assistants also work alongside the investigators.

Being a Homicide investigator is a highly sought-after position in the VPD. Members are selected for their outstanding investigative skills, previously demonstrated in other investigative sections.

The Homicide Unit has a tradition of excellence and perseverance, with members sharing a fierce pride in the work they do, and the work that has been done by the homicide detectives who came before them.

Unsolved Vancouver Homicide Cases

ALLEN, Claude

CLAUDE ALLEN
Age 38
Case #: 00-259113

Allen was beaten and shot during a Caribbean dance inside a rented hall at 1134 Kingsway on November 12, 2000. There was a scuffle involving numerous men described as dark-skinned.

DUMAIS, Desmond Adam

DESMOND ADAM DUMAIS
Age 20
Case #: 01-124983

Dumais was stabbed and beaten to death in the south lane of the 800 block of East Hastings Street on June 10, 2001.

HERMAN, Violet Delores

VIOLET DELORES HERMAN
Age 40
Case #: 02-154421

Herman was stabbed to death at the rear of 133 W. Pender Street on July 10, 2002. She was a drug addict and a sex worker, and was a regular visitor to the building, which is a social housing facility. Detectives feel that she may have known her killer.

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ROBBY KANDOLA
Age 31
Case #: 02-139552

Kandola was a well-known underworld figure in the Indo-Canadian community. He was shot to death from a passing vehicle as he got out of a cab in front of his building in the 1500 block of W. Pender Street in the early morning hours of June 23, 2002.

MARQUIS, Allan

ALLAN MARQUIS
Age 45
Case #: 01-188907

Marquis was involved in a fight on August 21, 2001, in the 500 block of Gore Avenue. He sustained head injuries and died at Vancouver General Hospital on August 25, 2001, without ever gaining consciousness.

PARIS, Ira

IRA PARIS
Age 42
Case #: 01-295890

Paris was a small-time drug dealer, stabbed to death in Victory Square on November 28, 2001. Witnesses described the suspects as two black men. A second man was also stabbed in the same incident, but survived.

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SARANJIT "GARY" RAI
Age 22
Case #: 01-172973

Rai was shot to death, execution-style, by a single gunman in a hair salon at 6480 Victoria Drive on August 3, 2001. Detectives are certain this murder is related to the string of drug-related killings in the Lower Mainland's Indo-Canadian community in the preceding 10 years.

RODGERS, John

JOHN ROGERS
Age 27
Case #: 01-089696

Rogers was shot to death in a gas station lot at 57th and Oak on April 27, 2001. A second man with Rogers was also shot, but survived. The investigation indicates Rogers was lured to the spot and then ambushed. Detectives believe this crime may be related to the March 9, 2001, murder of Donald Roming.

ROMING, Donald

DONALD ROMING
Age 40
Case #: 01-048397

Roming was a member of the Nomads motorcycle gang and was shot to death on March 9, 2001, outside Bar None, following a dispute with two men.

SZMULSKI, Andrzis "Andre"

ANDRZIS "ANDRE" SZMULSKI
Age 50
Case #: 02-124415

Szmulski was found by two 10-year-old boys on June 5, 2002, lying in the water at the shore of the Fraser River off the south foot of Salish Drive in the Musqueum Reserve. It is believed he was killed elsewhere.

 

Contact the VPD Homicide Unit

Tel: (604) 717-2500
Fax: (604) 606-2728
Email: homicide.vpd@vpd.ca

Monday to Friday
8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Crime Stoppers

If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. You could be eligible for up to $2000 if your information leads to an arrest.

Support for Families of Homicide Victims

See Victim Services for support resources.

Help the VPD Catch a Killer

Take a look at the stories on the VPD Cold Cases website and see if you can help the VPD catch a killer.

Willene Chong Homicide

A $10,000 reward has been offered for information in the Willene Chong homicide.

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