People with key info about shooting that killed teen haven't come forward: VPD

Aug 14 2019, 2:32 pm

Vancouver police say there are people who have “key information” about a fatal shooting that killed an innocent teen bystander in 2018.

On January 13, 2018, 15-year-old Alfred Wong of Coquitlam was driving in a vehicle with his family near East Broadway Avenue and Ontario Street near Indochine Kitchen and Bar.

Wong was shot and killed as was 23-year-old Vancouver man Kevin Whiteside.

Investigators believe that Whiteside was in the area to kill 28-year-old Vancouver resident, Matthew Navas-Rivas who was dining at the Indochine restaurant with a female companion.

When Navas-Rivas and his partner left the restaurant, a second person opened fire and the gunfire killed Whiteside and Wong.

Navas-Rivas escaped the shooting unharmed but was murdered several months later, in an unrelated incident.

According to VPD Staf Sgt. Mike Heard, police “know there are people who have critical information who have refused to provide investigators with that information.”

“We are making an appeal to these people to do the right thing and speak with us. Their information could help form important evidence that will make a significant difference in how this investigation plays out,” said Heard.

The teen’s mother, Chelly Wong, also released a statement about the investigation into her son’s death.

“We know nothing can be done to bring Alfred back, but we think he deserves justice for his tragic death and we desperately want to know what happened that night. Without your help, the police may not be able to arrest the killer, and our son will not be able to lay in rest,” she said.

“We ask for your help in giving closure to our grief. Please help us ensure the person responsible for killing our son is held accountable. We will forever be grateful for your help.”

Anyone who may have information about this murder is asked to contact detectives at 604-717-0515 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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