Charges laid in June 13 Langley house fire / homicide

THE Integrated Homicide Investigation (IHIT) announced on Monday that a 24-year-old man has been charged in connection with the homicides of three individuals in a house fire in Langley on June 13.

The identities of the three individuals found dead are 50-year-old Tatiana Bazyar, 46-year-old Francesco Zangrilli and 23-year-old Medea ‘Befrin’ Ebrahimian. All three were members of the same household who resided in the residence where the fire occurred. Investigators determined that all three were victims of homicide. 

On July 10, Kia Ebrahimian was arrested by IHIT and charged by the B.C. Prosecution Service with three counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of Zangrilli, Bazyar and Medea ‘Befrin’ Ebrahimian. His next court appearance will be on July 20 by video conference.

“There is no other word than tragic to describe what happened in that Langley home on June 13,” said IHIT Sgt. Frank Jang. “We offer our deepest and sincere condolences to the family and friends of Francesco, Tatiana and Medea ‘Befrin’.”   

He said that no further details will be released as this matter is now before the court.

Back in June, IHIT first announced that that one of the three deaths linked to the house fire had been ruled a homicide, and then said that it could “potentially be looking at three homicides.” 

On June 13, at around 5:30 p.m., the Langley RCMP were called to the 19600-block of Wakefield Drive where they discovered a house engulfed in flames.  Police found a man’s body at the back of the residence with injuries indicative of homicide.  He was identified as a resident of the home.  Emergency responders located two additional bodies inside the house. 

Jang said that police had spoken to one man who managed to escape unhurt from the house but no charges were laid.

Two vehicles were towed away and a drone was flown over the house that was extensively damaged.