Eight men linked to the United Nations gang have been charged in connection with two targeted gangland slayings in 2008 and 2009 – one involving an innocent stereo installer.
Six of the eight were already facing counts of conspiring to kill the Bacon brothers and their Red Scorpion associates.
But the six – Barzan Tilli-Choli, Jon Croitoru, Daniel Russell, Karwan Saed, Dilun Heng and Yong Sung Lee – are now charged with the May 2008 execution of Jonathan Barber, who was driving Jamie Bacon’s Porsche Cayenne along Kingsway in Burnaby.
A leading member of the UN Gang, Conor D’Monte has also been charged with murder, as has Cory Vallee, 34.
D’Monte and Vallee are charged with the first-degree murder in February 2009 of close Bacon associate Kevin LeClair outside an IGA grocery store in Langley.
Two others that had been earlier charged in the conspiracy case, Soroush Ansari and Aram Ali, are expected to be released on bail as they are not part of the expanded indictment.
Barber was another innocent victim of Metro Vancouver’s gang war. He had just picked up Bacon’s luxury SUV to install a custom stereo and had no connections to criminals or gangs. And his teenage girlfriend, who was following behind him in his vehicle, was seriously wounded when her arm was hit by gunfire.
His murder came just 24 hours after UN gang member Duane Meyer was shot to death on the steps of his daughter’s Abbotsford home.
By contrast, LeClair had been involved in the drug trade for years, working with various Surrey and Langley drug crews before hooking up with the Red Scorpions and the Bacon brothers a few months before he was gunned down in broad daylight in a packed mall parking lot.
LeClair had been driving around Port Moody the day before with Jon Bacon, the eldest of the notorious brothers from Abbotsford.
At the time of both slayings, the Red Scorpions and UN were locked in a bloody gang war for control of the Metro Vancouver drug trade.