SURREY - It was a violent weekend in Surrey with a shooting and three stabbings. Amidst that mayhem, the body of Surrey murder victim William Lim Woo was found in Squamish, and a Surrey man reputed to be the ex-boyfriend of murdered SFU student Maple Batalia turned himself in on assault charges.
Batalia, 19, was shot dead at SFU's Whalley parkade on Wednesday. Police have 50 investigators on the case.
On Monday morning, Gurjinder "Gary" Dhaliwal, 19, was charged with two counts of assault. The alleged victims were a man and woman, both 19, but police wouldn't reveal if Batalia was one of them. Her dad, Harkirat, said Monday he was "totally unaware" if the charges had anything to do with his daughter.
A judge has since imposed a publication ban on the identity of the alleged witnesses/complainants.
A few hundred people attended a candlelight vigil for Batalia at Holland Park on Friday evening.
Batalia had been studying health sciences at SFU and was a budding actress and model. She was also a finalist in the Central City Model Search, which was to have staged its finale on Saturday but was been postponed indefinitely on account of her tragic death.
On Sunday, hikers found the body of Woo, 55, near the base of Stawamus Chief in Squamish. Police have not said how he was killed.
A source requesting anonymity said Woo's death did "not really" come as a shock. He described Woo as an "old-time gangster" who "owed a lot of money on the street."
Meanwhile, a 29-year-old Surrey man was found early Sunday morning near the corner of 111A Avenue and 146th Street in Birdland, with bullet holes in his stomach and thigh.
"We believe he was shot in a nearby bush area," Surrey RCMP Cpl. Drew Grainger said. Police had not identified a suspect by press time. "The victim is not being cooperative with us at all," Grainger said.
Meanwhile, two men were stabbed in Whalley early Saturday morning.
A 23-year-old Langley man's ear had been sliced and he was gut stabbed in the parking lot of the Cedar Hills shopping plaza at about 2:30 a.m.
Grainger said police are looking for a group of men seen leaving the scene.
"Through witness accounts we've identified several subjects of interest," Grainger said.
At the same time, a Mountie stopped a car at Fraser Highway and Fleetwood Way and found a "heavily intoxicated" 37-year-old Surrey man in the passenger seat, with a stab wound to his chest.
From what police have gathered, the victim had been speaking with someone in "the drug trade" at 105th Avenue and King George Boulevard, a struggle broke out and he was knifed.
"The victim's not being all that forthcoming," Grainger said.
On Friday morning, a 28-year-old Surrey man was stabbed numerous times in the back during a fight at a house party in the 14000-block of Grosvenor Road in Whalley.
He was taken to hospital for surgery and at press time Monday was still listed in critical but stable condition.
Police continue to hunt for a 20-year-old man who was seen running away from the scene of the crime.
They are still trying to determine what spurred the knife attack, which happened at about 5:30 a.m.
"It's been violent," Grainger said of the past several days.