Keeshawn Brown, 18, of Ontario identified as homicide victim in Surrey

THE Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is requesting assistance with the probe into the December 23 homicide in Surrey after confirming on Friday night that the victim is 18-year old Keeshawn Brown of Ontario.

IHIT is trying to establish a timeline prior to his death. IHIT investigators believe this was an isolated event, not related to the Lower Mainland gang conflict.

Media reports identify him as a rapper who was also known as Keyshawn Brown. The Georgia Straight reported: ” Hip-Hop Canada has identified the South Surrey shooting victim as Why-S, who’s released several tracks this year, including “John Wick” and “Swag Mine”. “

On December 23, at approximately 9:30 p.m., Surrey RCMP frontline officers attended a residence in the 2200-block of 152nd Street. Police found a dead male with gunshot wounds inside the residence and IHIT assumed conduct of the investigation.

IHIT is working closely with the Surrey RCMP and the BC Coroner’s Service to gather evidence and complete priority tasks.

“Investigators are attempting to determine how long Mr. Brown has been in BC and his activities leading up to his death,” said Detective Lara Jansen of IHIT. “We urge anyone who was with Mr. Brown or has information to assist investigators to contact IHIT.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at

Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477)