Update (August 20): The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) stated in a news release that investigators believe that the suspects may have known stabbing victim Delphin Paul Prestbakmo, but they also believe that it was an unprovoked attack.
The male suspect who was arrested after the attack, which took place around 3:23 a.m. on August 16, has since been released pending further investigation.
Meanwhile, IHIT learned of another assault on the same night that took place in White Rock, which left a man in his 60s suffering from extensive injuries. The victim had been previously seen at 11:55 p.m. on August 15 at the Coast Capital Savings in the 1700 block of 152nd Street in White Rock.
White Rock RCMP and IHIT are working together to determine if there are connections between the two cases. Anyone with information about the White Rock stabbing is asked to contact police immediately.
Original article (August 20):
A 45-year-old man who was murdered outside the Semiahmoo Shopping Centre is being remembered on a GoFundMe page as a kind and gentle man.
Delphin Paul Prestbakmo, known as "Pauly", was on his way to McDonald's to get a pop around 3 a.m. on August 16 when he was stabbed in the parking lot.
According to a GoFundMe page, "the cowards that killed him left him lying there begging for help".
The page was created to raise money to cover Prestbakmo's funeral costs.
Police arrested one suspect at a home in the neighbourhood shortly after the attack.
This morning, members of Prestbakmo's family will join Integrated Homicide Investigation Team members at a news conference to make a public appeal for help.
"We need Delphin Prestbakmo’s closest friends and associates to come forward,” Sgt. Frank Jang said in an August 17 IHIT news release. “We also urge any witnesses who were in the area of the 1700 block of 152 Street to contact us.”