Teen identified as victim in Surrey Hazelnut Meadows Park homicide

The victim in a homicide last week in Surrey’s Newton neighbourhood has been identified as an 18-year-old from Burnaby.

According to the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team, officers were called to Hazelnut Meadows Park, near 140 Street between 68 and 70 avenues, just after 8:30 p.m. on May 26.

Maanav Kinkar was found dead at the scene, with IHIT saying “early indications were that the man’s death was a result of criminality.”

Homicide investigators say Kinkar’s family had reported him missing around the same time. His death is believed to have been targeted, though not connected to the local gang conflict.

IHIT is releasing Kinkar’s identity to the public with the hopes of gathering more information and to identify any potential witnesses.

Investigators continue to piece together the 18-year-old’s movements leading up to his death.

It’s believed Kinkar may have gotten on a bus at Surrey Central station after taking the SkyTrain there. IHIT is looking to speak with anyone who may have seen him that night.

The homicide team is also looking to get in touch with anyone who may have dashcam footage, CCTV, or who may have seen anything around Hazelnut Meadows Park between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.

“This is a quiet area with several residences surrounding the park along 140 Street, 68 Avenue, and 142 Street,” said Sgt. David Lee. “These homes may have the video and witnesses we seek.”

Related article: Foul play suspected in suspicious death at Surrey park; IHIT investigating


You can get in touch with IHIT by calling 1.877.551.IHIT (4448) or by emailing ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

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