by Monique Tamminga, Black Press
It appears Langley’s latest murder victim was shot multiple times while trying to rip off a marijuana grow-up in rural Aldergrove on Friday night, said the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team.
No arrests have been made so far for the murder but several people have been arrested for the cultivation of the grow operation, said IHIT spokesperson Sgt. Jennifer Pound.
Korey Kelly, 25, of Surrey, who has an extensive criminal record, died on the way to hospital.
It was around 9:30 p.m., when police en route to a shooting were flagged down by two of the victim’s associates in the area of 24 Avenue and 272 Street, not far from the Abbotsford-Aldergrove border. They led officers to the victim, who was in the backseat of a car bleeding and unresponsive, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.
It’s believed Kelly’s associates were trying to drive the victim away from the crime scene, when the driver pulled over when he saw a police car approaching.
The victim’s associates, believed to have been with Kelly in the botched grow rip, were interviewed this weekend as were many other persons of interest, said Pound.
IHIT is currently interviewing many persons of interest for both the grow rip and the homicide, she said.
“Investigators are attempting to piece together the details leading up to this shooting,” said Pound.
Police are still trying to locate the owner of the grow-op home, which is located near 8 Avenue and 272 Street. It doesn’t appear anyone else was injured or shot at the crime scene.
Police believe the shooting is connected to drugs and crime, but it isn’t known if there are gang connections, said Pound.
Kelly’s criminal record includes many charges and convictions for production and possession of a controlled substance, firearm charges, driving while prohibited, and breaching conditions among other crimes. He last appeared in court on Jan. 11 in Surrey provincial court.
According to the online provincial court database, he also went by the aliases Robin Mulholland and Korey Wilson.
Anyone with information is asked to call IHIT at 1-877-551-4448 or email email@example.com.