A 24-year-old man has been charged with three counts of second-degree murder linked to the deaths of his sister, mother, and step-father in a Langley house fire on June 13.
“One count for each of the lives taken in that home,” said Sgt. Frank Jang during an Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) press conference the morning of Monday, July 13.
— IHIT (@HomicideTeam) July 13, 2020
Kia Ebrahimian was arrested and charged on Friday last week. If convicted, he would face life in prison.
On June 13, RCMP were called to 19600-block of Wakefield Drive around 5:30 p.m. where they discovered a house engulfed in flames.
Police found a man’s body at the back of the residence with what they described as injuries indicative of homicide. He has been identified as 46-year-old Francesco Zangrilli, a resident of the home.
Emergency responders located two additional bodies inside the house. IHIT confirmed Monday that these two bodies were of accused’s mother and sibling, 50-year-old Tatiana Bazyar and 23-year-old Medea ‘Befrin’ Ebrahimian, also residents of the home.
Bayzar and Zangrilli were in a common-law relationship, Jang said.
Kia Ebrahimian was the lone person who had escaped the fire, Jang said. He was uninjured after the incident.
Police are not releasing any details about the specifics of the incident, including the exact causes of death of the victims.
The suspect remains in custody in the Surrey Pre-Trial Centre and is expected to appear in court, by video, on July 20.
Jang noted that there seems to have been no police contacts with the victims before the incident.
“I can definitively say that family was not known to police, was not involved in criminality,” Jang said.
Police would not speak to any possible motive for the alleged murders.
Medea Ebrahimian was laid to rest in a graveside service with friends and her father, Dyako Ebrahimian, present earlier in July.
Tributes to the dead had been placed in front of the Wakefield Drive house over the last month by friends, family, and co-workers of the three victims.