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Man killed in Burnaby homicide

Last Updated Jan 3, 2018 at 2:16 pm PDT

Police tape surrounds an apartment building on Telford Avenue near the Metrotown SkyTrain station (January 3, 2018) (Lasia Kretzel, NEWS 1130 Photo)

BURNABY (NEWS 1130) – Just three days into 2018, police are investigating the first homicide of the year in Metro Vancouver.

Around 9 p.m. on Tuesday, investigators responded to reports of a fight at a two-storey apartment building on Telford Avenue, behind Metrotown, in Burnaby.

RCMP say when officers arrived, a man was found “in medical distress.”

“Despite all attempts to revive the individual, they succumbed to their injuries,” says Burnaby RCMP Corporal Daniela Panesar.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team has taken over the case.

One woman who lives next to the building, describes it to City TV as being “very loud,” with frequent parties, fire alarms going off, and police frequently being called to the area.

She also says on Tuesday night, she heard a woman screaming “please help us”.

“We saw a bunch of police cars here,” the woman says. “We came out and saw a woman was screaming. Police came with guns [and after], came an ambulance.”

A neighbour, Orval, says he heard the man who rents the apartment yelling “this is my house, get out” before police arrived. He says he then heard a woman yelling “he’s dead, he’s not breathing”.

Orval says police have frequently been called to the main-floor apartment because of fights and noise. He says the police used to come once a month, but recently their visits had been almost daily.

“They were arguing and all that. You know, the language, foul language and everything else. So… it got worse. And last night they were going at it.”

Police do not think this was a random attack. There’s no word on any arrests.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation can call the IHIT Information Line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).