The victim in Saturday night’s New Westminster murder has been identified as 23-year-old David Michael MacAulay of Sherbrooke, QC.
IHIT investigators were able to contact some next-of-kin late this afternoon in Quebec.
PREVIOUSLY RELEASED INFORMATION:
Investigators from the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team met with Crown Counsel this morning to review the facts and evidence in relation to the Saturday night murder of a 23-year-old Sherbrooke, QC man.
The victim’s name remains withheld as police are still in the process of notifying next-of-kin who seem to be outside of the country.
As previously released, New Westminster police arrested a man at the homicide scene on Saturday night. That man remained in custody through the weekend. This morning Crown Counsel approved a charge of second degree murder against 32-year-old Douglas Edward SUMNER of New Westminster. SUMNER is expected to make a first appearance today (December 20) in New Westminster court.
On December 18, 2010 at approximately 11:40 PM New Westminster Police Service received a 911 call regarding a male in medical distress. Upon police arrival a deceased male was located inside a suite at 140 6th Street.
The scene was secured for New Westminster Forensic Investigation Section and the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team to arrive to conduct the investigation.
New Westminster Police arrested a male at the scene and transported him to the nearby police office where he remains in custody.
The deceased is a 23-year-old male from the Sherbrooke, QC area. The victim was wanted on a warrant for assault in the Sherbrooke area. Police will not be releasing the victim’s name until next-of-kin have been advised. Notification may take a few days as police have learned that next-of-kin live in the state of Pennsylvania.
The suspect is a 32-year-old New Westminster man. The suspect is known to police.
At this early stage of the investigation, this incident does not appear to have any links to gangs, drugs or organized crime. Although investigators have not yet made a clear determination regarding motive, this incident appears to be a dispute between two parties known to each other.
The suspect will remain in custody until Monday when it is expected that he will make an appearance in New Westminster court. The suspect’s name will not be released until a charge has been approved by Crown Counsel.