KHOURI Lamar Green, 22, of Surrey has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of Surrey realtor Colin Hill, 42. Police said Green has an extensive criminal record.
Hill was shot dead in a break-in in his house in the 16500 block of 64th Avenue just before midnight on July 12 (Sunday).
The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) said Monday that the victim confronted a male who was allegedly attempting to break into his home. An altercation ensued between Colin and the suspect and Colin was shot.
The suspect fled the scene in what was later determined to be a stolen vehicle. Emergency first responders attended, but Hill was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said Hill and the suspect were not known to each other.
Several hours later, just before 2 a.m. on Monday (July 13), Burnaby RCMP were called to an apartment in the 7300 block of Macpherson Avenue after a witness reported a male brandishing a gun and attempting to break in. The suspect and vehicle description provided to Burnaby RCMP matched that of the one provided in relation to the Surrey homicide hours earlier.
Burnaby RCMP contained the area and subsequently arrested one male. A 22-year-old Surrey male is now facing charges in relation to both incidents.
IHIT obtained charge approval for second-degree murder, but the suspect’s name was released only on Tuesday.
Green remains in custody. His next court appearance is September 14.
Hill leaves behind his wife Becky Zhou, who was also a realtor, and two children, Mathew and Leah.
Becky Zhou said on her Facebook that Hill tried to stop the intruder from entering their house. He yelled out to the family to hide, warning them that the intruder had a gun. He struggled with the intruder to give time to the family to hide. She added that ‘Colin is the best real estate agent, very protective father, very best husband a person could ever [have] asked for.’
“There is no question that these are the most painful moments that a family can endure. For the police, they are also the hardest. And while we are confident that we have quickly taken the person responsible for this horrible crime off the streets, I am still angry at the pointless loss of life,” said Chief Superintendent Bill Fordy, Officer-in-Charge of the Surrey RCMP. “This tragic event is not related to recent shooting conflict in our city, and I remind you that if you see something or someone suspicious to please call the police.”
Anyone with information regarding this investigation can call the IHIT tip line by calling 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or email at email@example.com.
If you wish to remain anonymous provide your anonymous tip information on the web at solvecrime.ca or by phone at 1-800-222-8477.