KELOWNA – Two people have been charged with murder in the shooting death of a Shuswap man three years ago.
Jeremy Wayne Davis, 24, of Williams Lake and Jordan Larry Barnes, 27, of Mission are each charged with second degree murder.
Police say one of the accused was an acquaintance of the victim but are not releasing a possible motive for the killing.
However in a statement to reporters at the Kelowna RCMP detachment where the announcement was made, Larsen’s mother alluded to a verbal confrontation prior to the targeted shooting.
In a news release, RCMP say “The investigation determined that there had been a dispute in Sorrento between two groups of men a couple of hours before the shooting. The vehicle in which Nick LARSEN was riding was forced off the road by another vehicle while travelling on Blind Bay Road. An occupant of the suspect vehicle then opened fire and multiple bullets riddled the vehicle in which LARSEN was riding. Nick was hit several times and he succumbed to his injuries shortly thereafter on a nearby friend’s property.”
RCMP Inspector Terry Kohlhauser says Larsen’s murder was not gang related but he wouldn’t say if drugs were involved.
Kohlhauser says a search of Davis’s home turned up a gun of interest to their investigation.
Both of the accused are in custody and make their initial court appearances Monday.
Statement by Nick Larsen’s Family
Hello, I am Shelley Larsen, this is my husband Bo Larsen and we are the parents of Nick.
Jordan Barnes and Jeremy Davis – I only hope one day you will be able to comprehend the devastation, chaos, and immense pain the murder of our son created in my life, that of Nick’s Father, brothers, sister, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and friends. The reckless, yet calculated decision to murder Nick over something as trivial as a verbal confrontation has forever changed the lives of so many innocent people. We believe, you are exactly where you deserve to be.
Nick played a huge role in our family’s life. Nick loved life. He loved his family and friends deeply. He loved his home and community. He had goals for his future. He had goals for all the years he had ahead of him. Nick should have been able to follow those dreams and goals. He was admired and loved by so many people and is terribly missed.
There are no adequate words to describe how thankful we are to Detectives Scott Aschenbrenner , Gord Geary and the Major Crime Unit of Kelowna for the arrest of Jordan and Jeremy. Scott’s reassurance that Nick was always a priority, his commitment and dedication to the arrest of Jordan and Jeremy and to Nick’s family will forever be appreciated.
Jordan and Jeremy, for the first time in three long years our family has felt a moment of peace and elation with news of your arrest. There will never be closure for Nick’s family. But a weight has been lifted from our lives knowing those believed responsible for the senseless murder of our son, Nick Larsen, are now before the Courts.