VPD release new information about double homicide in Vancouver

Vancouver police have released new information about a double homicide a year ago that left a young innocent bystander dead.

On Friday, the VPD released a photo of the suspect vehicle 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 Avenue and Ontario Street near the Indochine Kitchen and Bar.

Investigators believe that Whiteside was in the area to allegedly kill 28-year-old Vancouver resident, 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 killed. Wong, who was in a vehicle with his family, driving through the area, was also shot and died.

Navas-Rivas was unharmed that night, however, police said he was murdered in an unrelated incident on July 15, 2018 in Vancouver.

Investigators have seized a red Pontiac Montana that was involved in the shooting. They have also located video of a dark pick-up truck turning into the crime scene at the time of the incident, 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 they are releasing the photo because they know there are people with important information about these deaths who have chosen not to talk to our investigators.

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

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

ticrawford@postmedia.com

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