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Monday's homicide victim named by investigators

Investigators remained at the scene of a homicide investigation at this house this week on Steveston Highway. They were focussing on the house at the right, with the two canopies in front of it. - Martin van den Hemel photo
Investigators remained at the scene of a homicide investigation at this house this week on Steveston Highway. They were focussing on the house at the right, with the two canopies in front of it.
— image credit: Martin van den Hemel photo

The young Richmond man who died of his injuries Monday afternoon in the driveway of a Steveston Highway home, was remembered by staff at Richmond Christian Secondary as a quiet young man who was a fine student.

Johannes Foo, 23, graduated from the No. 5 Road school five or six years ago. He was identified by homicide investigators as the city's first murder of 2014 victim of 2014.

Roger Grose, superintendent at Richmond Christian, told The Richmond Review his staff were “shocked and saddened” by the news Wednesday.

Grose said Foo was reserved, and “flew under the radar” at school. Since his graduation, he hasn’t had contact with the school. Grose believed Foo had a younger sibling, and that the family lived in Richmond.

Foo was found clinging to life in the driveway of a house at 8431 Steveston Hwy., a few doors west of Roseland Gate near No. 3 Road late Monday afternoon. Despite the best efforts of emergency responders, they could not save him, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Foo does not have a criminal record.

Sgt. Bari Emam said the “reasons for his death remain unknown,” apparently referring to the motive behind Foo’s death.

As far as the cause of death goes, police aren’t releasing that either, or the initial findings of their investigation.

But police were using a metal detector Tuesday to search for evidence in the homicide investigation.

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“Evidence gathered thus far suggests that this homicide was not a random act,” Emam said.

Meanwhile, police are still looking for the public’s help, hoping that somebody saw or heard something in the area of Steveston Highway, between No. 3 Road and No. 4 Road, between 3 and 4 p.m. on Jan. 13.

Any suspicious persons, vehicles or circumstances should be reported to police through the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team’s tipline at 1-877-551-4448 or via e-mail at iHitTipLine@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

Those who wish to remain anonymous can call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or leave a tip at SolveCrime.ca.

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