The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team is investigating a fatal stabbing in Surrey, B.C., Saturday night.
Police were called to a residential neighbourhood at about 11 p.m. PT to reports of a stabbing.
The 36-year-old tenant in a basement suite in the 11000 block of 168 Street was found suffering from head wounds and had apparently been hit with bear spray. He was taken to hospital for treatment and has since been released.
Police say evidence inside the home indicated a struggle had taken place and a trail of blood led officers to an unresponsive man nearby, who was pronounced dead at the scene.
It is not clear how or if the men knew each other and a motive has not been determined, but police say it does appear to be gang-related.
"It appears that this may be a case of an attempted home invasion or break-and-enter of some kind that turned into a physical struggle," said Sgt. Jennifer Pound.
"Investigators are currently canvassing the area and attempting to gain more information to piece the details together."
The 26-year-old victim's name has not been released.