Former Surrey resident Amardeep Singh Ahluwalia who was murdered in Kelowna brother-in-law of minister Amrik Virk (updated)

Amrik Virk Photo by Chandra Bodalia
Amrik Virk
Photo by Chandra Bodalia

KELOWNA RCMP say that the 47-year-old man who was found murdered in his Feedham Avenue home in Black Mountain on July 7 at 12:40 a.m. is Amardeep Ahluwalia, a Kelowna resident.

Media have identified him as the brother-in-law of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services Minister Amrik Virk.

Virk’s office said in a statement: “My wife has lost a brother, and my daughters have lost an uncle. We are grateful for the support and kindness of those who have shared their condolences, and I thank you in advance for respecting our privacy in this time of grief.”

Police believe that this was a targeted incident and that there is no danger to the public.

Some more information is expected to be released soon by the RCMP, Constable Steve Holmes told The VOICE on Tuesday.

A local newspaper reported that an area resident said the victim’s girlfriend fled to a neighbour’s house that night and had her restraints cut off.  It also said that according to another person, Ahluwalia had moved to the city from Surrey five years ago and was unemployed.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact Kelowna RCMP.  A tip line has been set up at 250-470-6236 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-5477.