Police have now identified the man murdered in West Whalley as 23-year-old Phillip Oun.
Oun, a resident of Surrey, was found at 124 Street and 102 Avenue on Tuesday, Dec. 17, at about 11 a.m. near a railroad track.
The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) initially classified the death as suspicious, but after an autopsy, determined it was murder.
It’s Surrey’s 24th murder of the year and eclipses this city’s previous homicide record of 21, which was tallied in 2005, during which a gang war ran up the number of fatalities.
Police say Oun was known to them, but a search of his criminal history shows it was street-level drug activity.
He was never charged for a criminal act of violence.
“This homicide is believed to have been a targeted attack and IHIT investigators along with the Surrey RCMP have resources in place and are working to determine the motive for the killing.” said Sgt. Adam MacIntosh of IHIT.
Surrey RCMP Chief Supt. Bill Fordy said leading a criminal life is bound to end badly, adding the “likelihood of ending up dead in a ditch or in jail” is inevitable.
Police continue to search for Oun’s vehicle, a 2008 Chrysler Sebring with B.C. License 741 TMP.
HIT is also asking anyone who was in the area of 124 Street and 102 Avenue between 10:00 p.m., December 16 and 11 a.m., December 17, 2013 and may have seen any suspicious activities, persons, or vehicle to please call the IHIT Tipline at 1-877-551-4448 by email at email@example.com. If you wish to remain anonymous you can call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or leave a tip on their website at Solvecrime.ca.