Ex-employee charged in murder of popular Vancouver businessman

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A 36-year-old Vancouver man is facing second-degree murder charges in the death of longtime local businessman John Leslie McIver.

Vancouver police announced Wednesday morning that the charge has been approved against Brian Roger Holt, a former employee of McIver’s.

Vancouver Police Department media relations officer Steve Addison briefed reporters Wednesday morning around the death of longtime business owner John McIver. Brian Roger Holt, a former employee of McIver’s, has been charged with second degree murder and remains in custody. Photo by Jennifer Gauthier

McIver was found dead by a family member inside McIver’s Appliance Service and Sales, which is located near Ontario Street and East 69th Avenue, at around 8:30 a.m. on June 26.

The 78-year-old had owned and operated the South Vancouver business for more than 50 years.

Vancouver police media relations officer Const. Steve Addison said Wednesday that investigators believe McIver was targeted, though Addison wouldn’t give specifics around how or why Holt’s employment under McIver ended. No motive was disclosed.

Holt was arrested earlier this week without incident and charges were approved by Crown Counsel on Wednesday morning. Holt remains in custody until his next court appearance.

Anyone with information about this incident, who has not yet spoken with police, is asked to contact homicide investigators at 604-717-2500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

– with files from John Kurucz

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