The Abbotsford News has learned that the victim of the murder early Wednesday morning in the 2300 block of Cameron Crescent is Nektarios (Nektar) Pardalis, 41.
The body of Pardalis was found in the garage of his east Abbotsford home at about 1:45 a.m. after police received a report of a “suspicious circumstance” in the area.
Police have released few details about the homicide, including the cause of death. No suspects have yet been identified or located.
A property title search for the home lists Pardalis’s occupation as a general contractor, but a source who knew him said she wasn’t sure what he did for a living.
“He never really got into it, but was always helping someone with some sort of company,” she said.
The woman said Pardalis operated a legal marijuana grow-op in the home and had all the required paperwork.
The woman described Pardalis as someone who “would have given anything he had to anyone” and who never said a bad thing about anyone.
She said Pardalis lived on his own and loved his dog Uzo, a 12-year-old lab cross.
She described him as being in “great shape” and as someone who didn’t drink, ate healthy, always got up early, was “very polite” and had “great ideas.”
Pardalis’s father, Lois, lived with him until his death in January 2016. An online obituary indicates that Pardalis’s mother, Sofia, died in January 2015, and it appears that Pardalis was an only child.
The woman said Pardalis’s death has hit her hard.
“He was no gangster or mean person. He was solid,” she said.
Meanwhile, a neighbour says that Pardalis’s home often had “lots of suspicious people and vehicles coming and going” and that she reported the house twice for a suspected grow-op.
According to the online provincial court database, Pardalis had two prior convictions for possession for the purpose of trafficking – one in Coquitlam in 2007 and the other in Vancouver in 2011.
In both cases, he received a 12-month conditional sentence (house arrest).
His death is Abbotsford’s fourth murder of the year. The other homicides are:
Meanwhile, the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) has indicated that they believe Paradlis’ murder to be targeted.
IHIT is continuing to work closed with the Abbotsford Police Department to gather and review evidence.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the IHIT Tip Line at 1-877-551-4448 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.