NEW: Murder victim linked to 2003 killing of Lotus gang member

The man gunned down early Wednesday afternoon in a downtown Richmond residential neighbourhood was linked to the 2003 murder of a Lotus gang member whose body was found dumped behind the Richmond provincial courthouse.

Late Thursday afternoon, the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team released the name of the victim of the brazen shooting in the heart of a high-density residential neighbourhood east of Garden City Road and Westminster Highway: 36-year-old Richmond resident Justine Nethanial Po.

Po was well known to police and had a criminal record. His body was found near the intersection of Katsura Street and Ferndale Road after being shot around 1:10 p.m.

Po was accused of playing a part in the 2003 murder of Lotus gang member Raymond Man Yuen Chan.

Chan’s beaten and bloodied body was found in the alley behind the Richmond provincial courthouse on the morning of May 12, 2003.

Chan, 31, was a Lotus gang member whose younger brother Randy was kidnapped and held for 56 hours during a violent armed kidnapping in 1996. Notorious drug dealer Bindy Johal was still facing charges of unlawful confinement and extortion in connection with the kidnapping of Chan’s brother at the time of Johal’s murder in 1999.

Speculation had been that Chan’s murder was in retaliation for Johal’s death.

Richmond's Mark James Thrower, Michael Andrew Mercredi, from Burnaby, and Maple Ridge’s Aharon Lee Campbell were charged in Chan's death.

Thrower, who was also eventually murdered, claimed he played no part in Chan's killing, and that he and Chan were ambushed inside Thrower’s Burkeville home by Campbell, Mercredi and Vancouver’s Justine Nethanial Po.

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