'Help us find who did this': Langley family
Published Saturday, March 21, 2009 12:09PM PDT
The family of a prominent Langley developer is pleading for help in solving the murder of one of their own.
Marc Bontkes, 33, was gunned down in a Surrey park on Thursday in what police are calling a targeted hit -- but his family says his brother was a businessman in his own right, and has nothing to do with gangs.
"He didn't have enemies," said Marc's older brother, Jeff Bontkes. "He didn't hang out with gangs."
Marc left behind a wife, Chanel, and his three-year-old son, M.J. (Marc Junior). Jeff is asking for the public to help the police find his brother's killer.
"Help us," he said. "Help us find the guys who did this."
Marc Bontkes founded Designmarc Homes, and is the son of Robert Bontkes of the Benchmark Group of Properties, which manages land development in the Surrey-Langley area.
He was shot about 3:30 in the morning on Thursday in Hi-Knoll Park. Police say they have no evidence to link him to any gang or drug or crime activity.
Bontkes has no criminal record, though he received a peace bond after a charge of uttering threats in 2001.
Robert Bontkes is not doing well, said Jeff.
"When he heard that my brother was shot, he just collapsed in pain," said Jeff Bontkes.
The Bontkes family will come together to help Marc's wife Chanel and raise M.J., he said.
"I want to be there for him. He needs a father figure and I want to be Uncle Jeff," he said.
With a report from CTV British Columbia's Jon Woodward