Police make sixth arrest related to deadly sword attack
Published Friday, January 25, 2013 10:05AM PST
Last Updated Friday, January 25, 2013 7:06PM PST
Police have arrested another man they believe may have been involved in the violent beating and murder of 19-year-old Manraj Akalirai in East Vancouver.
The arrest was made in the 800-block of Hornby Street on Thursday, two days after the attack. Homicide investigators have spoken with the man, who remains in police custody.
Five other men who were arrested shortly after the incident have been released from custody.
Police confirmed the identity of the victim Friday.
Akalirai, a Vancouver resident, was allegedly swarmed by a group of men who viciously attacked him with baseball bats and a sword and left him dying in the middle of the road.
The attack occurred in a residential neighbourhood on Elgin Street near 47th Avenue at around 10:30 p.m Tuesday.
Authorities said he was found with “severe injuries believed to be caused by a sword.”
He survived long enough to be loaded into an ambulance, but died en route to the hospital, according to police.
Const. Brian Montague said Akalirai was known to police, and that there are some suggestions of ties to the drug trade and loose gang connections.
Friends and family have been mourning the loss of someone they call “the sweetest, most genuine person we've all met,” on a Facebook memorial page.
The page, called “Rest in Paradise Manraj Akalirai,” has over 350 members.
No charges have been laid in the attack.