Observer News Service
Twenty people have been killed so far in the
The police is believed to have gathered evidence linking five more gang-related homicides in 2008 to the war. Among other incidents, the investigators now also consider the double shooting of Kevin Ses and Tina Kong, along with the killings of Kevin Anaya, Tuc Khanh (Tony) Tran and Gurjinder Singh Dhillon, as part of the gang war.
While the officials are tightlipped over the particular reasons for linking those cases to the feud, but they have been acknowledging that these are among the eight 2008 homicides which they re-classified as gang-related at the end of the year.
Police now consider any killing that is a consequence of gang activity - whether the victim is a gang member or not - as gang-related. The change was made to conform with the definition used by Statistics Canada. This includes an innocent bystander, the girlfriend, the family member, the person driving down the street.
The conclusions have been drawn following the New Year's Day shootings, when gunmen killed a bystander, 43-year-old Keni Su'a, outside a southeast
Police said that's what happened to Tina Kong, who was shot dead as she sat with friends at a restaurant in
A friendship with a slain FOB Killers figure may have also been behind the killing of Tuc Khanh (Tony) Tran, who was shot last July while sitting in a car parked on a Chinatown street July 26. Tran, 36, was a former gang member who received an eight-year manslaughter sentence for the 1995 shooting death of Ryan Davids. During Tran's trial, his friend Vinh Le testified in his defence. Le was an FOB Killers associate who was shot outside a downtown after-hours club in December 2002.