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Kamloops homicide victim remembered as 'big-hearted' outdoor enthusiast

Mark Hoffman and his dog were found dead near Kamloops on Dec. 16, 2023.

The victim in the most recent Kamloops homicide was a man with a "big heart," a dog lover and an outdoor enthusiast.

That's according to Robert Berard who said Hoffman, a man in his 50s, had been a generous friend since they met around 15 years ago.

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"That's the thing about Mark is if he could help you out, he would," Berard said.

He said Hoffman, who owned a sandblasting business at the time, gave Berard work when he needed it over the years and a place to live.

Hoffman and his dog were found dead near a green Ford Explorer in the Inks Lake area on Dec. 16, 2023.

Police identified Hoffman as the victim on Dec. 21, releasing a photo of both him and his dog. Since then, there have been no public updates on the investigation.

Berard said Hoffman regularly hiked with his dog, so a trip to Inks Lake would be a normal outing for him.

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"He was always an outdoors guy. He loved to take his dog hiking and kayaking," Berard said. "It kind of struck me as odd."

Berard also described Hoffman as a physically strong person, who routinely worked out.

"It just makes me wonder how it happened," Berard said. "It's bugging me."

Berard has been in contact with others locally who knew Hoffman. Although they've spoken about what might have happened to their friend, he can only speculate until RCMP updates the public.

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