Charges laid in 2017 Abbotsford homicide

Abbotsford, BC – Three men have been charged in connection with the 2017 murder of Alexander Blanarou.

Background: On December 28, 2017, just before 2:30 p.m., 24-year-old Alexander Blanarou was shot to death in the 5300-block of Bates Road in Abbotsford, B.C. Police arrived on scene to find Blanarou’s body in a nearby blueberry field. The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) took conduct of the investigation supported by the Abbotsford Police Department (APD). The homicide was a targeted incident and believed to be drug-related.

After an extensive three-year investigation, three men have been charged in the case. Islam Nagem and Edrick Raju have each been charged with first degree murder and Michael Schweiger with second degree murder.

File Photo - Homicide
File Photo – Homicide

“I want to express my appreciation to the core team of IHIT investigators for bringing this case together,” says Inspector Michelle Tansey, Operations Support Officer for IHIT. “IHIT received tremendous support from APD and our other police partners whose contributions were integral to today’s outcome.”

“Thank you to the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team for their commitment and dedication in the pursuit of justice for families and victims,” says Inspector Colin Thomson, Officer-In-Charge of the APD Criminal Investigation Branch. “The arrests made for Alexander Blanarou’s murder serves as another great example of collaboration between different police agencies.”

No further details will be released as the matter is now before the court.

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Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT)

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