Vancouver man charged with first-degree murder in Stanley Park homicide of Lubomir Kunik

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      Vancouver police believe they've solved a high-profile crime that took place nearly a year ago on the Stanley Park seawall.

      On February 1, 2017, the body of 61-year-old man Lubomir Kunik was discovered between Second and Third Beaches.

      He succumbed to stab wounds.

      The VPD has announced that Vancouver resident Tyler Lagimodiere, 29, faces a charge of first-degree murder in the case.

      According to police, Lagimodiere did not know Kunik but investigators have identified a forensic link between the accused and the crime scene.

      “Our investigators worked diligently and used a variety of investigative tactics and resources to solve this crime,” VPD Superintendent Mike Porteous said in a news release. “Solving this murder has been a priority for the VPD and we want to thank the RCMP forensic laboratory, the Vancouver Park Board, and the general public for their assistance and support throughout this investigation.”

      Lagimodiere remains in custody and police are expected to release more details on January 10.

      In November 2016, the VPD revealed that an earlier attack had taken place in Stanley Park.

      At that time, an 82-year-old man was found stabbed in his Toyota Corolla north of Brockton Oval. He survived and his name has not been released.

      The day before Kunik was killed, the VPD released grainy images of a man with a limp seen walking toward the seawall on November 16, 2016. Police have not linked the image above to the recent murder charge.