Langley, BC – The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is investigating three deaths linked to a house fire in Langley, B.C. One death has been ruled a homicide.
On June 13, 2020 at around 5:30 p.m., the Langley RCMP were called to the 19600-block of Wakefield Drive where they discovered a house engulfed in flames. Police found a man’s body at the back of the residence with injuries indicative of homicide. He has since been identified as a resident of the home. Emergency responders located two additional bodies inside the house and their identities are not yet confirmed. IHIT is working with the B.C. Coroners Service to determine their cause of death.
In these early stages of the investigation, IHIT is actively working with its partners from the Langley RCMP to complete investigative steps and the Integrated Forensic Identification Services and fire investigators to find the cause of the fire and collect physical evidence.
“Although the flames have been extinguished, the property where the fire took place remains an active homicide crime scene. Neighbours in the area should expect frequent activity at the home by our investigators for the next while,” says Sergeant Frank Jang of IHIT.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the IHIT Information Line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at [email protected] Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
A 24-year-old man has been charged in connection with the homicides of three individuals in a house fire in Langley, B.C. on June 13, 2020.
The identities of the three individuals found dead are 50-year-old Tatiana Bazyar, 46-year-old Francesco Zangrilli and 23-year-old Medea ‘Befrin’ Ebrahimian. All three were members of the same household who resided in the residence where the fire occurred. Investigators determined that all three were victims of homicide.
On July 10, 2020, Kia Ebrahimian was arrested by the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) and charged by the B.C. Prosecution Service with three counts of second degree murder in the deaths of Zangrilli, Bazyar and Medea ‘Befrin’ Ebrahimian. His next court appearance will be on July 20, 2020 by video conference.
“There is no other word than tragic to describe what happened in that Langley home on June 13th,” says Sergeant Frank Jang of IHIT. “We offer our deepest and sincere condolences to the family and friends of Francesco, Tatiana and Medea ‘Befrin’.”
No further details will be released as this matter is now before the court.
File # 2020-853
Integrated Homicide Investigation Team
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