British Columbia’s anti-gang agency says a man who was gunned down in Langley, B.C., on Tuesday was the brother of a man convicted in the province’s largest gang-related mass murder.
Sergeant Brenda Winpenny of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit says Justin Haevischer was the brother of Cody Haevischer, who was convicted in 2014 of six counts of first-degree murder in the slaying of six men in Surrey, B.C., that became known as the “Surrey Six” killings.
Justin Haevischer was later charged with accessory after the fact to the 2007 murders, pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice and was sentenced to 10 months in jail.
Sgt. Winpenny says Justin Haevischer was an active member of the Red Scorpions gang and a prominent figure in the Lower Mainland gang landscape, where the United Nations and Brothers Keepers gangs are rivals of the Red Scorpions.
The 33-year-old man was shot to death outside a McDonald’s restaurant in Langley just after 8 p.m. Tuesday in what police described as a brazen and reckless shooting by those who were unconcerned about others in the vicinity.
The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team says in a news release that it is revealing Justin Haevischer’s name to determine his activities and who he may have had contact with prior to his death.
Sergeant Frank Jang says Justin Haevischer was known to police, had a criminal record and known gang ties, and he’s urging anyone with information to come forward.
“Our investigators continue to push ahead on this investigation and urge any witnesses who have yet to come forward to call IHIT immediately,” he says, adding anyone who wishes to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers.
Court records show Justin Haevischer previously faced charges for drug trafficking, assault and possession of an illegal firearm.
The reasons for judgment in the first-degree murder case against Cody Haevischer and his associate, Matthew Johnston, say that Cody Haevischer returned to his home after the killings and was writing things down on a white board for his brother Justin Haevischer.
“He wrote ‘People died,’ ” testified a witness, whose evidence was accepted as credible by B.C. Supreme Court Justice Catherine Wedge.
The witness also testified that phones, as well as a pair of shoes and the clothes Cody Haevischer had been wearing, were thrown into a laundry bag and Justin Haevischer drove to another location and burned the bag.
Cody Haevischer and Mr. Johnston were each convicted of six counts of first-degree murder and one count of conspiracy to commit murder and were sentenced to life in prison.
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