Victim identified and charges laid in Burnaby stabbing

Burnaby, Integrated Homicide Investigation Team

2022-01-20 12:27 PST

File # 2021-1543

The victim has been identified and charges have been laid in a stabbing that occurred near the Metrotown Mall in December 2021.

Burnaby: On December 19, 2021, at around 11:40 a.m., Burnaby RCMP responded to the Metrotown Mall at 4800 Kingsway, Burnaby, for multiple calls of assistance. Frontline officers arrived and found one victim with stab wounds who was then transported to hospital, later succumbing to her injuries.

The victim has been identified as 25-year-old Melissa Blimkie from North Vancouver. The suspect has been identified as 31-year-old Everton Downey. The two were in a relationship for some time prior to the homicide.

Following several weeks of investigation, the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) has attained sufficient evidence for charges. On January 19, 2022, the BC Prosecution Service laid a charge of 2nd degree murder against Everton Downey. Mr. Downey remains in-custody.

IHIT wishes to recognize the Burnaby RCMP who assisted in the containment of Mr. Downey. IHIT also acknowledges the quick actions of the Metro Vancouver Transit Police (Transit Police) who made the initial arrest of Mr. Downey near Metrotown.

This is an unimaginable loss for the friends and family of Melissa, said Sergeant David Lee of IHIT, we hope that this outcome provides them with some answers.

Although there is charge laid, homicide investigators are continuing to investigate. Melissa’s photo has been provided in efforts to identify associates who can provide more information about Everton Downey’s relationship with Melissa Blimkie.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the IHIT Information Line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

Released by

Sgt. David Lee

Integrated Homicide Investigations Team (IHIT)
14200 Green Timbers Way, Surrey, B.C. V3T 6P3
Office: 778-290-4554
Fax: 778-290-6102

Email: bcrcmp-grcencb@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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