The Central Okanagan's first murder victim of 2016 is being remembered online as having an beautiful spirit with an infectious laugh and smile.
The body of Summerland's Tura Stephen McCarty, 22, was discovered in a vehicle up Bear Creek Road on Jan. 6.
While no details have been released regarding the circumstances surrounding his death, police believe McCarty was specifically targeted.
“The RCMP strongly believes that this was not a random attack, and recognizes how crimes of this nature are disturbing to members of the community,” said Supt. Nick Romanchuk.
McCarty's obituary notes that he was, “a bright and wonderful spirit with lots of love and kindness in his heart".
The obituary continues to say that McCarty was an amazing young man, cherished and loving brother and friend to all those who knew him.
“Tura will be greatly missed by everyone whose lives he has touched.”
Friends and family have taken to a in-loving-memory Facebook page to share their shock, grief and memories of McCarty.
The posted messages range from disbelief to fond childhood memories to his well-known comedic ability.
“Rest well man, I'll never forget your huge ass smile, and your super-comedian like ability to make people happy and laugh, one of a kind dude,” wrote one friend.
“Never will forget your smile or that laugh of yours,” said one poster.
“Tura, know that all the people you have touched with your kindness, friendship and love miss you and would give anything for you to be here with us still,” wrote another.
Several spoke of how he loved to teach people 'cool lingo' and was a positive spirit to have around.
“Your dance moves to your fav rap songs were always appreciated too,” said one.
“I've never met anyone who could make me laugh as hard as you did, and how being around you made me forget anything else going on in my life.”
“Rest easy up there, but always keep dancing T, I know that's what your doing up there now,” added another.
Several others commented on their commitment to find the person or persons responsible for his death, noting justice will prevail.
According to his obituary a funeral service will be held at the Springfield Funeral Home Friday, 2020 Springfield Road on Friday Jan. 15 at 1:00 p.m. for friends and family only.
Police are asking anyone with information to come forward so they can continue their investigation.
“I would like to assure the public that all the resources necessary for an investigation of this magnitude are in place and that every effort is being made to identify and apprehend the suspect as quickly as possible,” said Romanchuk.
Anyone with information regarding this incident or who had been in contact with McCarty during the evening of Jan.5 and early morning hours of Jan. 6 is asked to call Cpl. Clayton Wiebe, of the West Kelowna RCMP at 250-768-2880.
Remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, leaving a tip online at www.crimestoppers.net or by texting your tip to CRIMES (274637) ktown.