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'Suspicious' Surrey death not linked to gang conflict: IHIT

Last Updated Feb 13, 2021 at 6:45 pm PDT

FILE - An IHIT member at a crime scene in 2019. (Courtesy IHIT/Twitter)
Summary

The homicide team is investigating after a man was found dead in his Clayton Heights home Friday evening

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team says the man's death is not connected to the ongoing gang conflict

SURREY (NEWS 1130) — The “suspicious” death of a man in his 30s in Surrey Friday is not linked to the ongoing Lower Mainland gang conflict, according to homicide investigators.

Police were called to a home in the Clayton Heights area around 7:15  p.m. where they found the body of 31-year-old Adrian Golofit who had “injuries consistent with homicide.”

Sgt. Frank Jang, with the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team, says the motive remains a mystery, but they have ruled out a connection to gang activity. Since Dec. 28, 2020 IHIT has been called in to investigate a rash of fatal shootings in Metro Vancouver, almost all of these killings have been described as “targeted.”

“Adrian Golofit was not known to police and the motive behind his murder is not yet clear,” he says in a statement.

“In cases such as this where police records about the victim is minimal, there is greater importance and urgency for friends and associates to reach out to police and offer whatever information they can,” he says in a statement.

Golofit last contacted friends and family Thursday morning, and investigators are trying to “Build a timeline of [his] activities from that point forward.”

Anyone with information can phone IHIT at 1-877-551-4448 or send them an email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

Anonymous tips can be provided to CrimeStoppers.