Loading articles...

No arrests, dozens of tips months after teen killed in Vancouver

Alfred Wong, in a picture displayed at a Vancouver Police Department press conference. (Lasia Kretzel, NEWS 1130 Photo)
Summary

Police say they're making progress in their investigation, three months after a teen was killed by a stray bullet

The VPD says dozens of tips have come in and leads have been followed up on since 15-year-old Alfred Wong was killed

Alfred Wong was sitting in the backseat of his parents' car when he was struck by a bullet intended for someone else

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Three months after a 15-year-old boy from Coquitlam was shot and killed in Vancouver, police say they’re making progress in their investigation, but they’re not saying much else.

Leads have been followed up on and dozens of tips have come in since Alfred Wong was hit by bullets on Broadway near Ontario Street in mid-January. He was sitting in the backseat of his parents’ car as they just happened to be driving in the area on Jan. 13.

The intended target was 23-year-old Kevin Whiteside, believed to be a low-level drug dealer. He was also killed.

Vancouver Police Sergeant Jason Robillard won’t give many details about the case now, but says they’re leaning on specialized units within the force in hopes for a break in the case.

“I mean there is the possibility that there is someone out there that may have information and has yet to come forward and they be [reading] this and we would ask that person to please come forward.”

Robillard says Wong’s killing is still a priority with a dedicated detective leading the way.

“We’re not going to leave any stone unturned in this investigation and all murder investigations, but particularly we’re turning up the heat in this one and we’re working as hard and diligently as we can.”

He explains police have gathered some information but not enough to arrest the person who may be responsible. “We have obtained evidence but we still need more. We’re asking that anybody that hasn’t reached out to the police that may have information regarding this murder to please call us.”

Robillard goes on to say investigators have been in close contact with Wong’s family since the killing.

Wong was placed on life support but died of his injuries two days later.

Another by-stander was also injured, having had a bullet graze him.

Two scholarships have been set up in Wong’s honour. The first one is the Alfred YF Wong Memorial Scholarship, in conjunction with School District 43, to help those who “want to pursue the same dreams and goals as Alfred did.” The second one is the Alfred

YF Wong Memorial Scholarship associated with the Hyack Swim Club.

Anyone with information is asked to call the VPD’s Major Crime Section at 604.717.2500.