Three charged in UBC homicide

University, Integrated Homicide Investigation Team

2022-10-21 17:36 PDT

File # 2022-1294

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) has arrested three men in the homicide of Vishal Walia on October 17, 2022 on the University Endowment Lands, with charges approved the BC Prosecution Service (BCPS).

Background:

On October 17, 2022 at 9:49 a.m., University RCMP received reports of a shooting at the University Golf Club, located in the 5100-block of University Boulevard on the University Endowment Lands. Officers attended and located Vishal Walia suffering from fatal gun shot wounds. At 10:02 a.m., a vehicle fire was reported in the laneway located in the 4000-block of W 20th Avenue, Vancouver. A suspect vehicle was quickly identified by Vancouver Police Department (VPD) members responding to the vehicle fire.

Shortly after 10:15 a.m., members from VPD, BC Highway Patrol and the Richmond RCMP, arrested DeAndre Baptiste, Balraj Basra and Iqbal Kang in relation to the homicide and vehicle arson. 

IHIT took conduct of the homicide investigation and immediately began working closely with VPD, University RCMP and the Richmond RCMP to identify evidence linking the offences. The investigation was supported by the BC Highway Patrol, E-Division Major Crimes Section, the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit, Langley RCMP and the RCMP Integrated Forensic Identification Section.

On October 21, 2022, charges of first degree murder were laid against Deandre Baptiste, Balraj Basra and Iqbal Kang, who remained in custody following their arrests on October 17, 2022.

This timely outcome could not have happened without the unwavering support from our partners, says Sergeant Timothy Pierotti of IHIT. Despite being a multi-jurisdictional investigation, IHIT was able to efficiently advance the investigation throughout the week.

Released by

Sgt. Timothy Pierotti

Media Relations Officer
Integrated Homicide Investigation Team
homicideteam.ca
14200 Green Timbers Way, Surrey, BC V3T 6T3
Office: 778-290-5202

Email: ediv_ihit_media@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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