Murdered teen's family makes plea for new tips
The family of a Surrey teen who was murdered last month has made a special plea to the Indo-Canadian community to help identify those responsible.
Devon Allaire-Bell, 19, and his friend Jack Nielson were stabbed during a fight behind Frank Hurt Secondary School on April 24th. Allaire-Bell did not survive.
A group of six men, all Indo-Canadians around 20 years old, were seen running from the area on surveillance footage. Four were wearing dark clothing, one wore a bright white track suit and another was in grey.
Five weeks after Allaire-Bell's tragic death, his family accepted an invitation to one of Surrey's largest Sikh temples to share their tragic story – and deliver a plea for tips that could help identify the suspects.
"The other day we received Devon's first bank account statement," father Wayne Bell told attendees. "It was crushing to deal with. Everyday life has become painful."
Police say Allaire-Bell and Nielson were playing soccer behind the school when they were attacked. An earlier appeal for information using grainy security footage brought in more than a dozen tips – and led police to higher resolution images of the suspects.
Integrated Homicide Investigation Team spokesman Cpl. Dale Carr said police want to avoid "splashing [the suspects'] faces all over the media," but will do so soon if necessary to move the investigation forward.
"If we have to resort to that, that's what we'll do," Carr said.
Carr has also said that a "great deal" of promising evidence was found at the scene, but would not elaborate on what was discovered.
Anyone with information is asked to call the IHIT tip line at 1-877-551-IHIT or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
With a report from CTV British Columbia's Bhinder Sajan