Ali Khudhair charged in connection with murder of Keryane Arsenault in Surrey

Police making arrest on May 4. CTV screengrab

THE Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) on Thursday announced that Ali Khudhair has been charged in connection with the May 4 murder of Keryane Arsenault in Surrey’s Guildford.

On May 4 at around 9 p.m., police responded to reports of gunshots at a residence in the 9700-block of 161A Street in Surrey, B.C. There they found 20-year-old Arsenault with gunshot wounds, who later died in hospital. Ali Khudhair, 24, was arrested soon after police arrived at the scene.

On May 5, Khudair was charged with second-degree murder in connection with Arsenault’s death.

IHIT said on Wednesday that the homicide was not believed to be gang-motivated. The man in custody was well known to police. The victim was not known to police.

The residence where the victim was found belonged to her.

“We understand the public may be feeling anxious given the recent spate of shootings and homicides in communities across the Lower Mainland,” said IHIT Sgt. Frank Jang. “With respect to this most recent fatal shooting, it does not appear to be gang-motivated.”

If anyone has information about this investigation, call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

Should you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477)

IHIT said no further details will be released as the matter is now before the court.