Man dies in second fatal stabbing in downtown Vancouver block in one week

Jul 2 2018, 3:09 am

Police are investigating a stabbing incident that has resulted in the death of a 26-year-old man in downtown Vancouver.

According to a release issued this afternoon, Vancouver Police Department (VPD) officers responded to a stabbing at an apartment near the intersection of Abbott Street and West Pender Street at approximately 12:15 am on Friday, June 29.

When officers and paramedics arrived at the scene, they found a man suffering from a stab wound inside a suite. He was rushed to hospital for treatment, however, he succumbed to his injuries on Sunday morning.

The male victim has been identified as Vancouver resident Shane John Tolmie.

Police also arrested a 24-year-old woman at the scene of the incident, and she has since been released pending further investigation. The victim and the suspect knew each other.

This was the 11th homicide of 2018 in Vancouver.

Additionally, earlier today, the VPD provided an update on a separate incident that occurred last month. The man who was stabbed on the morning of Saturday, June 23 in a laneway in the exact same city block died from his injuries last night, a week after the incident. He has been identified as 26-year-old Abeal Negussie Abera, a resident of Surrey.

No arrests have been made at this time, but police do not believe the city’s 10th homicide was a random attack.

Anyone with information about any of the fatal stabbing incidents is asked to reach out to the VPD’s Homicide Unit at 604-717-2500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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