News

Charge laid in New Westminster stabbing death

A 20-year-old man has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with a stabbing death in New Westminster.

January Marie Lupaz, 26, was found in her home in the 500 block of Third Avenue with stab wounds around 10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30. She died several hours later in hospital.

Charles Jameson (Jamie) Neel was arrested on Wednesday and was to appear in New Westminster provincial court on Thursday, according to a news release from the Integrated Homicide Investigation Unit (IHIT).

In 2009, Lapuz became the first transgendered person to be on the executive of Sher Vancouver, an organization supporting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered South Asians when she was named a social coordinator, according the organization's website.

A year earlier, Lapuz legally changed her name from John Carlo Embo Lapuz, according to IHIT.

Following the death, police sought an Asian male in his mid-20s, about five-foot-five with short black hair and a muscular build seen running from the scene.

The release said IHIT investigators are continuing to investigate a motive for the murder, and credited Abbotsford police with helping in the case.

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Fraser Health gets new president
 
B.C. Federation of Labour votes to back transit referendum
 
New council regime takes over Monday
COLUMN: What Wayne Wright dared us to do
 
COLUMN: Reflections on 23 years at PAN
 
Robbed Good Samaritan gets her gear replaced by Langley store
Christmas Kettle campaign kicks off
 
Election strategy goes to online tactics
 
Jet fuel pipeline opponents get day in court

Community Events, November 2014

Add an Event