Surrey’s latest homicide victim shot a man in 2011 in Burnaby

Brendan Aditya Chand, 27, was found dead in Whalley's Bog Park on Sunday. He appears to have been shot, homicide investigators say.

Surrey's latest homicide victim pleaded guilty in 2014 to shooting a man in Burnaby in 2011

SURREY —Surrey’s latest homicide victim had been sentenced to seven years in prison in 2014 for shooting another man in the back, court records reveal.

Brendan Aditya Chand, 27, of Surrey, was found dead in Whalley’s Bog Park on Sunday afternoon. He appears to have been shot, homicide investigators say.

This is Surrey’s fourth homicide this year. Staff Sergeant Jennifer Pound, spokeswoman for the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team, said police received reports of gunshots being heard in the area of the park, at 9740 130th Street, at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

Chand’s body was found just before 2 p.m. Sunday.

This would be Surrey’s 43rd confirmed shooting so far this year although there have been others where police have not notified the public.

“IHIT has taken conduct of this investigation and the scene will be cordoned off for the duration of the day to continue with evidence collection and scene processing,” Pound said.

Police are asking anyone with information about this homicide to call the IHIT tip line at 1-877-551-4448.

Pound confirmed Chand also went by the first name Brenden.

Court records indicate Brenden Aditya Chand was sentenced in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver to seven years in prison after pleading guilty in 2014 to shooting Abdul Aleem Khan in the shoulder, in Burnaby, in March 2011.

The sentencing judge, Justice T. Mark McEwan, noted the bullet remained in the victim’s body because doctors considered it too risky to remove it.

The shooting was captured on video, McEwan noted. “Mr. Khan was shot in the back as he fled Mr. Chand up a stairway in the Royal Oak SkyTrain Station. There were many members of the public endangered by Mr. Chand’s actions.”

Chand was 22 at the time of the offence and had been serving a sentence in the community for trafficking in a controlled substance and possession for the purpose of trafficking.

tom.zytaruk@thenownewspaper.com

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