Police identify victim of suspected homicide in Abbotsford

Man found dead in his rental home in Abbotsford has been named by investigators in what is believed to be a murder.

Ryan Saint Ange

Ryan Saint Ange

Tributes have been pouring in on Facebook for the man who police have identified as Abbotsford’s first possible homicide victim of 2012.

Friends and family have been describing Ryan Saint Ange, 21, as someone who always made others smile and had a big heart.

“You were a good friend, and I’ll never forget our walks home cracking jokes and laughing, always had a smile on our face,” said one post.

Said another: “We will always remember you, your awesome sense of humour and smile that could cheer anyone up and light a room up.”

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) identified Saint Ange earlier today (Sunday) as the man found dead yesterday in a home in the 27700 block of 56 Avenue.

A friend who had stopped by to visit Saint Ange found him, and called police just after midnight. Although others lived in the home, no one else was there when the friend arrived.

IHIT spokesperson Sgt. Jennifer Pound said an autopsy will be conducted later this week to determine the exact cause of death. She said foul play appears to be involved, but gangs are not believed to be involved.

Saint Ange does not have an extensive criminal background, but the provincial court database indicates he was convicted in August 2010 in Abbotsford of trafficking in a controlled substance. He received a 12-month conditional sentence (house arrest).