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Man facing murder charges following South Vancouver homicide

Dank Mart founder Amin Shahin Shakur was shot to death on July 13, 2020
Photo: The top of the police patrol car with flasher and antennas. / Getty

A Vancouver man has been charged in connection with the July murder of a local business owner. 

Mohammed Abu-Sharife, 41, faces second degree murder charges after the South Vancouver shooting that left 30-year-old Amin Shahin Shakur dead, the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) announced in a news release issued Friday, Jan. 8. 

The charges come following a VPD investigation into what marked the city's eighth homicide of 2020, launched after officers initially responded to 9-1-1 calls about shots being fired near Main Street and East 48th Avenue shortly after 11 p.m. on July 13. 

The community responded to Shakur's death with an outpouring of support and a candlelight vigil. In the days following the fatal shooting, loved ones remembered Shakur, who was a founder of specialty snack shop Dank Mart and dispensary THC Canada on Main Street, as hard-working, kind, and positive—"a hood legend" who had earned the moniker of "Snackie Chan." 

Shakur did not have an extensive history with police, VPD officers stated at the time. 

Abu-Sharife will remain in custody until his next court appearance, according to the release.  

- With a file from Elana Shepert