Targeted victim identified

UPDATED 4:10 p.m.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team has now identified the victim of homicide in Abbotsford.

In order to further the ongoing homicide investigation, police are confirming 24-year-old Alexander Blanarou of Surrey was the victim of homicide.  Mr. Blanarou’s family has been notified.

“Mr. Blanarou was known to police and evidence to this point suggests this was a targeted homicide.  There are many more investigative avenues that IHIT needs to concentrate on and we are looking to speak with any witnesses who may not have already come forward to police,” says Cpl. Frank Jang.

Anyone with information is asked to call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551- IHIT (4448), or by email at [email protected]

ORIGINAL 6:01 a.m.

Police in Abbotsford believe a shooting Thursday was likely targeted.

Officers responded to the area of Bates and Harris roads about 2:30 p.m. and discovered a deceased male at the scene.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team has taken over the case.

Anyone with information is asked to contact IHIT at 1-877-551-4448 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

– with files from CTV Vancouver

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