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Police identify murder victim in Rutland targeted attack

August 08, 2016 - 2:08 PM

KELOWNA – RCMP have identified the man murdered in Kelowna’s Rutland neighbourhood on Friday.

Police say Benjamin Cory Virgint was the victim of a targeted attack, but aren’t saying how he died.

RCMP were called to a fourplex in the 400 block of Hein Road at about 6:07 a.m., Friday, Aug. 5 for reports of shots fired. Virgint was found deceased.

Police aren’t releasing his age.

“The Kelowna RCMP Serious Crimes Unit continue to probe Virgint’s death, as investigators continue to work closely with the BC Coroners Service” Const. Jesse O’Donaghey says in a media release. “An autopsy of the deceased’s body is still pending.”

O’Donaghey says police “strongly believe” it was a targeted attack.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Const. Nicole Shuttleworth of the Kelowna RCMP Serious Crimes Unit at 250-470-6395. Remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, leaving a tip online at or by texting your tip to CRIMES (274637) ktown.

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