Man arrested in connection with shooting death of 21-year-old Abbotsford student

Dec 20 2019, 3:53 pm

A man has been arrested in connection with the August 2018 shooting of 21-year-old Abbotsford university student Jagvir Malhi.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) announced today that 21-year-old Tyrel Hieu Nguyen Quesnelle was arrested for his alleged involvement in the murders of Malhi and Randeep Kang.

The BC Prosecution Service has also approved first degree murder charges against Quesnelle. 

In an earlier updated into the case, IHIT confirmed Mali was an “unintended victim” of the shooting.

“Jagvir Malhi was a young university student with no history of criminality, however there were some individuals in his life that were involved in the Lower Mainland gang conflict,” said Sgt. Frank Jang of IHIT in a release sent last month.

Malhi was shot and killed in the area of Ross Road and Simpson Road in Abbotsford at approximately 3:30 pm on November 12, 2018.

IHIT took control of the case, and in the early stages of its investigation, officers were made aware of a burning dark-blue Acura TL found in the area of 128A Street and 109 Avenue in Surrey around 4:20 pm on the same afternoon as the shooting.

It’s believed the suspects attempted to torch the vehicle, but the fire was quickly extinguished by Surrey Fire Department before it was severely damaged, allowing investigators to gather evidence and link the two incidents.

After an extensive neighbourhood canvass, video surveillance videos captured footage of a white Mazda 3 driving in tandem with the blue Acura TL. Investigators believe the occupants of the Acura TL set the vehicle on fire before leaving the area in the Mazda 3.