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Police investigate fatal stabbing of 19-year-old in East Vancouver

Vancouver police say a 19-year-old Burnaby man was fatally stabbed in East Vancouver on Friday. Global News

Vancouver police say a stabbing in East Vancouver on Friday is being investigated as the city’s 17th homicide of the year.

Police were called to North Templeton Drive near Powell Street around 5:30 p.m.

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Nineteen-year-old Thomas Simon of Burnaby was treated for stab wounds at the scene and taken to hospital, but did not survive, according to police.

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“This investigation is still in the very early stages, however, preliminary evidence suggests there were three people dressed in black with face masks who were seen by a witness fleeing the area,” Const. Tania Visintin said in a media release.

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Visintin said police believe the attack was targeted and that there is no risk to the wider public.

Anyone with information or video shot in the area between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., is asked to contact Vancouver police or Crime Stoppers if they wish to remain anonymous.