Charges laid in murder of long-time Vancouver businessman

Jul 24 2019, 5:07 pm

A man has been arrested and charged for the murder of John Leslie McIver, a long-time Vancouver businessman.

McIver, 78-years-old, was killed on June 26, 2019, just before 8:30 am.

Photo by Sukhwant S Dhillon

Photo by Sukhwant S Dhillon

He was found at McIver’s Appliance Sales and Service, near Ontario Street and East 69th Avenue. McIver was the owner and operator of the business for more than 50 years, and according to police reports was well known in the community.

At the time, police labelled it as a suspicious sudden death. Now, a 36-year-old Vancouver resident has been arrested and charged for McIver’s murder.

On Wednesday, Crown counsel approved second-degree murder charges against Brian Roger Holt.

Investigators say that the homicide is believed to be targeted and Holt has been remanded until his next court appearance.

Anyone with information who has not stepped forward is asked to call VPD’s Homicide Unit at 604-717-2500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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