Chilliwack homicides: Robert Freeman charged with murder in deaths of John Kavaloff and Valerie Smith

John Kavaloff and Valerie Smith. Photo: IHIT

INTEGRATED Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) investigators on Friday identified Thursday’s homicide victims as 58-year-old John Kavaloff and 67-year-old Valerie Smith of Chilliwack in hopes of advancing the investigation.

On Thursday, September 14, the suspect, now identified as 83-year-old Robert Freeman of Chilliwack, was charged with two counts of second-degree murder.

On September 14 at 7:44 p.m., the UFVRD RCMP responded to a report of shots fired in the 46000-block of Chilliwack Lake Road in Chilliwack. First responders arrived on scene and found two deceased adults in a residence. A suspect was identified at the scene and taken into custody.

IHIT took conduct of the investigation and has been working closely in partnership with the UFVRD RCMP, BC Coroners Service and the Integrated Forensic Identification Section (IFIS).

“This appears to be an isolated incident between neighbours,” said IHIT Sgt. Timothy Pierotti. “We’re asking anyone with information regarding this incident, to please contact IHIT immediately.”

IHIT is asking any witnesses to contact the IHIT Information Line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at



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