VANCOUVER Police said Tuesday that Monday night’s homicide victim is 20-year-old Samir Mokhtar.
He was charged with manslaughter in the September 24, 2014 death of Aladdin Ramadan, 20, who did not possess a criminal record.
Investigators are appealing for additional witnesses to contact the Vancouver Police at 604-717-2500. Officers believe that there were several witnesses in nearby Falaise Park who fled the area when gunshots were heard. These people may have witnessed a suspect running to or from the murder and have valuable information to share.
Shortly after 9 p.m. on Monday, police received several 911 calls reporting the sound of gunfire on Seaforth Drive near Rupert Street.
Police and paramedics located the victim lying on the side of the road. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
IN October 2014, charges of manslaughter with a firearm and accessory after the fact to murder were laid against Mokhtar and a Canada-wide warrant was issued for his arrest. Investigators were aware that he had fled from Canada shortly after Ramadan’s murder.
On December 10, Mokhtar was detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (USCBP) after landing in Seattle on a plane from Dubai. A name check of the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database by USCBP officers resulted in the discovery of an active warrant in Vancouver for manslaughter using a firearm, the USCPB said.
He was held in custody overnight by USCBP and the next day he was returned to Canada where he was arrested and taken into custody.
A 16-year-old male was also charged with second degree murder in the death of Ramadan, who was shot near Lougheed Highway and Rosser Avenue in Burnaby. The name of the accused could not be released as he is considered a young offender.
Police said at the time: “Following the shooting, three males fled the scene in a smaller, silver or blue compact vehicle, southbound on Rosser Avenue. The driver of the vehicle was described as a Persian male with a short haircut, shaved on the side with sideburns. He appeared clean-cut and was wearing dark clothing. The other two suspects were also wearing dark clothing and had large builds. They were described as over 6 feet tall and muscular.”