Photos show persons of interest in gang member‘s murder

Police have identified two persons of interest in their investigation into the murder of a known gang member in North Vancouver.

Gavinder Grewal was 30 when he was found dead three days before Christmas in the top-floor condo he‘d been living in at Mountain Highway and Keith Road. Investigators have not provided a specific cause of death, saying only that his injuries were consistent with homicide.

Grewal was known to police and linked to gang activity, and the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team believes his death was linked to other gang violence in B.C.‘s Lower Mainland.

More than five months later, police have released photos of two persons of interest.

They released two blurry images taken from surveillance camera footage Wednesday, asking for the public‘s help to identify the men.

Both are described as South Asian. The first is estimated to be between the ages of 20 and 25, and was wearing a black jacket and white shirt at the time.

The second is believed to be 20 to 30 years old. He had a beard and was wearing a toque and dark jacket at the time.

"We‘re not sure exactly what their roles are, but we believe they‘re associated to Mr. Grewal‘s murder," Cpl. Jang said at a news conference.

The men were seen in a black Nissan Titan, which is one of two vehicles investigators believe are associated to the murder. Police did not say how the vehicles are tied to the murder, nor did they say what role, if any, the men may have had.

Officers are also looking for a 2003-08 dark-coloured Lexus RX350.

Jang said he couldn‘t get into the specifics of where the surveillance footage of the men and the vehicles was captured.

IHIT asks anyone who knows more about the persons of interest or anyone else associated with the Nissan or Lexus to come forward.

Investigators have spoken to a "significant amount of people" including Grewal‘s family members and friends, Jang said, but that there are people with information about what happened to him who have not shared what they know.

He said there are often challenges with getting the public to speak to police in cases involving those with gang ties.

"I‘d like to emphasize: A 30-year-old man lost his life. His life was taken by someone, some persons… The community should note that, and should really be appalled by any homicide that happens in the community," Jang said.

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