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VPD investigators seek witnesses to 2019 Kitsilano homicide

Friday marks the two-year anniversary of the day 30-year-old Vancouver resident Manoj Kumar was shot and killed
Kitsilano shooting 2019 - Canadian press by Darryl Dyck
Vancouver police investigate after Manoj Kumar was shot and killed on April 16, 2019 near West Fourth Avenue and Burrard Street. It marked the city’s fourth homicide of that year. Two years later, homicide detectives are again asking for witnesses to come forward.

Vancouver police are once again asking for the public's help as detectives continue to investigate the 2019 homicide of Manoj Kumar. 

The Vancouver Police Department (VPD) on Friday appealed for any witnesses to come forward, on the two-year anniversary of the day the 30-year-old Vancouver resident was shot and killed near West Fourth Avenue and Burrard Street in Kitsilano. 

“VPD homicide detectives have been working diligently on this file, and continue to make progress towards solving this crime,” said VPD Const. Tania Visintin in a release. “As today marks two years to the date of the death of Mr. Kumar, investigators are hoping to acquire more leads to help solve the murder and bring closure to Mr. Kumar’s family.”

Visintin said investigators believe there are people in the community who know who is responsible for the murder, and encouraged anyone with knowledge of the suspects to come forward.

Police were first alerted to the incident shortly after 8:30 p.m. on April 16, 2019, when the department received several 911 calls reporting shots fired in the area.  Kumar was found sitting in a vehicle suffering from gunshot wounds and died at the scene. The suspects fled before officers arrived. Following his death, police said Kumar was not known to authorities and did not have any obvious connections to crime.

A white Dodge Durango SUV found burning nearby hours after the killing was linked to the crime in the days following the shooting. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact VPD homicide investigators at 604-717-2500. Those wishing to stay anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.