August 2, 2014 2:46 pm
Updated: February 25, 2016 5:17 pm

Murder of man fatally stabbed at Kelowna house party in 2009 remains unsolved


VANCOUVER – Joseph Pek was a large, intimidating man with a criminal record.

But he was also a cherished brother and son who tried to beat his addictions with the help of his loving family.

He was violently taken away from them at the age of 38 and Crime Stoppers needs your help to solve his murder.

Before his death, Pek had been living in Kelowna on and off for about two years. On Oct. 20, 2009, RCMP responded to a 9-1-1 call from a home on 454 Birch Avenue around 1 a.m.

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A drug-fueled party had been taking place in one half of the duplex.

Pek, who was known as an enforcer in the criminal community, knocked at the door. When it was opened, he got into an argument and was fatally stabbed in the neck.

Investigators would like to talk to anyone who was at the party that night, especially since some guests fled immediately after the stabbing.

About 12 hours earlier, Pek was seen at a drop-in centre in Kelowna and police say another man might have gone with him to the house that night.

Joseph Pek’s family misses him every day and hopes someone’s conscience will help bring closure to their pain.

If you know anything about Pek’s murder, call police or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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