IHIT seeking witnesses after Surrey homicide of Amin Vinepal, 24, of Delta

Amin Vinepal

THE Integrated Homicide Investigation Team is seeking witnesses after the homicide of Amin Vinepal, 24, of Delta, whose body was found on Thursday on the roadside in the 17800-block of 12th Avenue in Surrey.

Vinepal was known to police and was associated to gang activity.  Investigators believe Vinepal’s murder was targeted and linked to other gang violence in the Lower Mainland.

On April 26, just after 3:30 p.m., the Surrey RCMP received a report of a dead male at that location.  The victim had injuries consistent with homicide.

Soon after the discovery of the body, Surrey RCMP received a call of a vehicle (no further description) on fire in the 18700-block of 28th Avenue.  Investigators believe this vehicle may be related to the homicide and anyone with information about this vehicle is asked to contact the police.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) took conduct of the investigation and is working closely with its partners from the Surrey RCMP, the Integrated Forensic Identification Services and the B.C. Coroners Service to gather evidence.

IHIT said it is releasing Vinepal’s name in an effort to determine his activities and who he may have had contact with prior to his death.

“There are people who have information about what happened to Mr. Vinepal,” said Cpl. Frank Jang of IHIT.  “I urge anyone with information to please come forward and speak with IHIT so that we can hold those responsible to account.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact 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 by phone at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).