Murder charges laid in connection to death of Burnaby woman

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The man police believe killed a Burnaby woman earlier this month has been charged with second degree murder.

Burnaby resident Nicole Hasselmann, 34, was found badly injured and lying next to a vehicle that had crashed in the 8000-block of Barnet Highway on Nov. 16. She and the driver of the vehicle were taken to hospital where she later died of her injuries.

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Nicole Hasselmann

The driver survived his injuries.

Initially, investigators thought her injuries had been caused by the crash, but they later determined it was foul play. Officers with the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team were called in to take over the investigation.

Today (Friday), police announced they had arrested Jan Poepl, 31. Poepl has been charged with second degree murder in connection with Hasselmann’s death, according to a press release from IHIT.

Hasselmann, who also went by Nicole Porciello, worked as a student support worker at Templeton Secondary School in Vancouver.

Police have not said whether accused is the same person who was driving the vehicle the night of Nov. 16.