June 05, 2014 - 10:41 AM
WILLIAMS LAKE – Police are not confirming or denying if suspects have been identified in the murder of a Williams Lake man despite suspicion of vengeance in the community.
Corey Huu Le, 22, was murdered last month in a targeted event. When police followed up on a residential complaint, they found Le dead in his home on May 18.
Le was known to police.
A 21-year-old woman was also found. She was transported to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
Le’s family wrote a public letter on May 27 calling for an end to violence after rumours of revenge circled the community.
A portion of the letter states “Despite the violent circumstances of [Le’s] death, the family encourages those who were involved and directly affected by this tragedy to not take matters into their own hands. Instead, the family urges people to leave the investigation to the RCMP.”
RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Dave Tyreman said Mounties took extra precautions the weekend following the murder – combined forces special enforcement unit members travelled to Williams Lake. The unit is specialized in targeting gang activity.
Sgt. Lindsey Houghton, a spokesperson for the unit confirmed members travelled to Williams Lake from May 23-25 to deal with "ongoing violence between aboriginal gang members."
“My understanding was there was a bunch of rumblings going on,” Tyreman said regarding rumours of retaliation. He did not confirm if the murder or revenge threats were gang-related.
In their letter, family members spoke out against local media for alleging Le was involved with a gang.
“The family would like the public to know that Corey was not a part of any gang, that he had been using his energies to turn his life around for the sake of his family.”
As the investigation is ongoing, police are not providing any more details on the murder or a suspect at this time.
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