Investigators and murder victim's friend appeal to public for help in solving 2017 fatal stabbing in Surrey

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      A friend of a victim and police are asking the public for help in identifying those responsible for the murder of a Surrey man two years ago.

      Shortly after 2 a.m. on July 8, 2017, RCMP responded to a report about a stabbing near 88th Avenue and 144th Street in Surrey, according to the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT), who has taken over the case.

      A victim, Walter (Wally) Rogers, was taken to hospital where he died from his injuries. He was known to police for his involvement in the drug trade.

      Investigators learned that prior to the stabbing, an altercation developed between Rogers’ wife and an unknown individual outside his residence.

      When Rogers went to the aid of his wife, he was stabbed during the struggle.

      Integrated Homicide Investigation Team

      The suspect or suspects left the area in the victim’s green Dodge Caravan and drove along with a silver sedan. The Caravan was later recovered by police.

      Integrated Homicide Investigation Team

      Investigators have identified two persons of interest who are believed to have important information about who is responsible for Rogers’ death.

      Integrated Homicide Investigation Team

      One suspect is described as a white male who was wearing a dark cap with a white logo and a black shirt with white graphics. His left arm was in a sling.

      The second suspect is described as a white male with a medium build who is bald and was wearing a striped collared t-shirt, black shorts, and dark sandals.

      Integrated Homicide Investigation Team

      Anyone with information is asked to contact the IHIT Information Line at 1-877-551-4448 or, to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

      Walter "Wally" Rogers
      Integrated Homicide Investigation Team

      A close friend of Rogers issued the following statement in an appeal for help in the investigation:

      My name is Colin McDougall and Wally Rogers was a close friend of mine. Back on July 8, 2017, Wally was stabbed and killed in Surrey. I’m not going to stand up here and tell you that Wally was an angel. The police were aware of him and those of us in the local community know that he made mistakes. But to those of us who knew Wally the best, he was a really good friend and the type that would give you the shirt off his back. When he was senselessly murdered, Wally was over 60-years-old and was in no way threatening. The man could barely walk. It pains me whenever I think of how Wally’s life ended. Regardless of the wrongs we commit in life, no one deserves that.  No one deserves to be killed in cold blood. I’m sure there are people with information about Wally’s death that are just not talking. Maybe it’s because you’re scared or you got your own problems and you don’t want to get involved. But one thing’s for sure is you can’t erase what you know. We all have a conscience and it’s there to tell us to do the right thing. Wally deserves justice and if you know something that can help, do the right thing and talk to these guys at IHIT. I wish I had the information but I don’t. But someone out there does. Please do the right thing.

      Thank you.

      —Colin McDougall