June 23, 2014 1:15 pm
Updated: June 23, 2014 7:25 pm

Charges laid in 2009 Vancouver homicide

Two men have now been arrested and charged in connection to the 2009 murder of Rajinder (Raj) Singh Soomel.

Rajinder Soomel was fatally shot on Cambie Street almost five years ago, not far from the halfway house he had been paroled to. When officers arrived they found him lying dead in the middle of the street.

Although his criminal past had ties to the world of gangs, police believe Soomel’s murder was a case of mistaken identity.

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Soomel was not the intended victim and was in the wrong place at the wrong time when gunmen came looking for another target, Randy Naicker. Vancouver Police Detective investigators did speak with and inform Naiker that his life could still be in danger. He would later be murdered on June 25, 2012, in Port Moody. That homicide remains under investigation.

On Friday June 20, police arrested two men in connection to Soomel’s death. Thirty-two-year-old Colin Victor Stewart of Surrey and 35-year-old Vancouver resident Kevin James Jones have both been charged with first degree murder. The two accused are known to police and both remain in custody.

“Homicide investigations are often lengthy and pose unique challenges for police,” says Inspector Laurence Rankin in charge of the VPD Homicide Unit. “We never forget, and remain committed and determined to solving these crimes.”

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