First-degree murder charge in 2019 fatal shooting at Surrey gas station

TWO men have been charged in connection with the shooting death of Kristijan Coric at a Surrey gas station on September 28, 2019.

[Click here for news release dated October 1, 2019.]

On September 28, 2019, at around 6 p.m., 29-year-old Surrey resident Kristijan Coric was shot to death at a gas station in the Cloverdale neighbourhood of Surrey in a targeted hit. The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) took over the case and after a year of investigation, charges have now been laid in the case.

On October 30, 25-year-old Carlos Nathaniel Monteith was charged with first-degree murder for the death of Coric and 32-year-old Trion Demario Castello was charged with accessory after the fact. Monteith was already in custody for an unrelated matter and Castello was taken into custody on Friday by IHIT.  

“Gathering evidence to meet a first-degree murder charge is a challenging endeavor and it speaks to the hard work and commitment of our investigators. Today’s outcome would not have been possible without the strong partnership IHIT has with the Surrey RCMP and the contributions made by policing partners here in the Lower Mainland as well as from Alberta and Ontario,” said IHIT Sgt. Frank Jang. “In spite of the charges against the two men in this case, we believe there may be others complicit in Coric’s murder and we will continue to investigate until everyone involved in this crime is held to account.”   

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