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No motive as police continue to investigate Marpole double killings

Last Updated Nov 8, 2017 at 2:25 pm PDT

The Marpole home where Richard Jones and Dianna Mah-Jones were found on Wednesday, Sept 27, 2017. (Marcella Bernardo, NEWS 1130 Photo)
Summary

A 25-year-old has been charged in the double homicide of a Marpole couple in September

The bodies of Richard Jones and Dianna Mah-Jones were found in their home on 64th Avenue on September 27th

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Vancouver Police say despite charges approved in the case, investigators have not been able to establish a motive in the deaths of two seniors in Marpole. The bodies of 65-year-old Dianna Mah-Jones and 68-year-old Richard Jones were found in their South Vancouver home on September 27th. Rocky Rambo Wei Nam Kam, who is 25-years-old, is charged with two counts of second degree murder.

On Tuesday, backyard fireworks could be seen Tuesday night a few houses down from what was once a crime scene.

On the street, people were out for late night jogs, cars lazily snaked their way through the narrow streets, and police tape was no longer visible around the blue and white home.

Signs are pointing to a return to normalcy in the family-centric neighborhood.

With little information given to the public and no news about a possible suspect for nearly six weeks, this tragedy has been weighing on a few local minds.

“Right now, people I live with, we’re very affected by it and scared of it so I’m glad they feel safer. It’s good to know that a crazy person isn’t running around on the street, killing people because I know I like when everyone feels safe and calm and I know people are not feeling that way around here,” one man who lives nearby tells NEWS 1130.

Another neighbour says it was hard not to let the mind wander, “but of course, it does because if there’s a murderer and he hasn’t been convicted yet and he’s still out on the streets that’s still a question because I live in the neighborhood and there are so many people around.”

Timeline of events

On September 27th, police found Richard Jones and his wife Dianna Mah-Jones dead in their home at West 64th and Hudson street. Mah-Jones was an occupational therapist with Vancouver Coastal Health.

According to police, a friend of the couple had gone to the home to check in on the pair. When they arrived, investigators say something that caught their attention, and police were called.

“This couple is going to be missed beyond belief,” Constable Jason Doucette told reporters early on in the investigation. “There’s a lot of people that love these people, that spoke highly of them.”

On September 28th –a day after finding the couple– police asked for help finding a white Kia, finding it later that same day. In the early stages of their investigation, police urged members of the public to be vigilant because it was unclear if the killing was targeted or random.

Fast forward to October 3rd, police appealed for further help, this time releasing pictures of Richard Jones.

This more than month-long investigation has lead up to yesterday’s breakthrough, when police announced second-degree murder charges were approved against 25-year-old Rockie Rambo Wei Nam Kam, from Vancouver.

Kam will make his second court appearance on November 14. He’s being held in custody.

Police are expected to give an update on the investigation with a news conference later this afternoon.