A 21-year-old Vancouver man is dead following a double stabbing early Friday morning in the Guildford area of Surrey.
At around 1 a.m. Friday, Surrey RCMP received a call regarding a fight taking place at the intersection of 154th Street and 100th Avenue. When police arrived, they found two males suffering from stab wounds. One of the males, 21-year-old Kyle Yellowbird of Vancouver, later died from his injuries while the other, aged 17, remains in stable condition.
According to homicide investigators, Yellowbird was part of a group that had been drinking at a nearby lake. Afterward, the group was crossing the street when a Honda Civic sped past, nearly hitting them. As the car passed the 17-year-old allegedly kicked the vehicle, prompting the driver to get out. In the ensuing fight, Yellowbird and the 17-year-old were allegedly stabbed.
Following the incident, the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) has located an individual and vehicle believed to have been involved in the stabbing but have yet to make any arrests. The man is described as a 40- to 50-year-old, non-white male.
"We do have a person of interest, but nobody has been arrested," said Sgt. Adam MacIntosh of IHIT. "What I can say is we have identified a person and we are not looking at anyone else."
A memorial was held for Yellowbird on Sunday near the site of the stabbing, during which friends and family gathered to honour his memory. In the meantime, IHIT continues to investigate.
"So we're just trying to determine how the altercation occurred, how this driver became involved and exactly what their role was," said MacIntosh. "There are people we're interviewing, we are canvassing the area and looking for anyone with information but the individual who was driving this vehicle is obviously in a position to shed some clear light on this and how they were involved and what exactly occurred."
The death marks Surrey's 15th murder of the year and pushes the city's tally past last year's total count of 14 homicides.
Anyone with information is asked to contact IHIT by calling 1-877-551-4448 or by emailing email@example.com. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit an online tip at solvecrime.ca.
-With files from Cheryl Chan
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