Evidence scattered across shooting scene detailed at gang murder trial

An RCMP forensic expert described what she photographed on Surrey’s Alpen Place after Randy Kang was shot to death just on Oct. 27, 2017.

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Expended shell casings, blood, and the body of gangster Randy Kang. An RCMP forensic expert described what she photographed on Surrey’s Alpen Place after Kang was shot to death just after 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 27, 2017.

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Sgt. Heather Burwell detailed each photo as it was entered into evidence Tuesday at the murder trial of Tyrel Nguyen, who also uses the surname Quesnelle.

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Nguyen is charged with first-degree murder in Kang’s death, as well as in the slaying of Jagvir Malhi on Nov. 12, 2018 in Abbotsford. He also faces two counts of attempted murder in connection with shots fired that night at Kang’s brother Gary and friend Camilo Alonso. He has pleaded not guilty to all counts.

The alleged Brothers Keepers hitman, 23, flipped through a black binder of photos as Crown prosecutor Joe Bellows asked Burwell about each of them.

Nguyen is alleged to have targeted the Kang brothers, gangsters linked to the Red Scorpion gang, after a jail conflict between Brothers Keepers founder Gavinder Grewal and imprisoned Scorpion Jamie Bacon.

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Bellows said in his opening statement that a witness would testify that Nguyen was paid $100,000 for the Kang hit, and then another $30,000 for the Malhi murder despite the fact the 19-year-old university student was not the intended target.

The veteran prosecutor also said Nguyen was motivated by both cash and his love of Grewal, which he later rapped about in the song My Life — expected to be part of the Crown’s case.

Alpen Place is located just south of the South Fraser Perimeter Road in Surrey’s Bridgeview neighbourhood. B.C. Supreme Court Justice Miriam Gropper heard that 34 spent shell casings and four spent bullets were recovered from the murder scene there.

Burwell testified that she worked through the night after the shooting, leaving Alpen Place at 6:30 a.m. on Oct. 28 only to return later that day when a shoe was found. She also returned Nov. 2 with a partner to search the soil under where Kang’s head and torso had been located after he died.

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They took small batches of soil, spread it out on a tarp and used a metal detector to search for bullets and casings. Several were found, she testified.

In his opening Monday, Bellows said Randy Kang fell face first after being shot in the back, while a wounded Gary Kang was found lying on the grass in front of a house on Alpen Place.

The owner of that house is expected to testify that “he heard gunshots and saw multiple flashes” at the time of the murder, Bellows said. “A man then came to his home. The man had blood in his chest and kept saying, ‘I don’t want to die. Call 911. I’ve been shot.’”

Bellows also said that as first responders tended to the body of Randy Kang, “they heard shouting coming from approximately northwest of the body in the bushes.”

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“The person was told to come out and it was Camilo Alonso, who was taken into custody.”

Burwell said she later attended Randy Kang’s autopsy as an observer on Nov. 1, 2017. She was also part of a team of officers who searched a white Infiniti that the Kangs and Alonso drove to the shooting scene.

Randy Kang’s fingerprints were on the driver’s side, Gary Kang’s were on the front passenger’s side, while Alonso’s were found on the rear driver’s side, Burwell said.

She also testified that identification for both Randy Kang and Alonso were found in the vehicle, as was an Enterprise rental agreement with Randy Kang’s name on it.

The trial continues Wednesday with two more Crown witnesses, but will then adjourn until next week.

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