ABBOTSFORD, B.C. - A man stabbed to death in Abbotsford was a known gang affiliate whose death does not appear to be random, police said Friday.
Sgt. Adam MacIntosh of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team said the Fraser Valley city's first murder victim of the year was 31-year-old Matthew Gordon Campbell.
"Mr. Campbell is known to police. He has gang affiliation," MacIntosh said in an interview. "Indications at this point in the investigation suggest this was not a random incident."
Local media reports suggest Campbell was the leader of the Red Scorpions, the gang allegedly behind the slayings of six men in a Surrey highrise in October 2007.
Two men are currently on trial in those deaths and Red Scorpions founder and former leader Jamie Bacon still faces trial. Two other men have admitted involvement in the murders, which were part of a bloody gang war that played out on the streets of Vancouver for several years.
Two innocent bystanders, 55-year-old fireplace repairman Ed Schellenberg and 22-year-old building resident Chris Mohan, were shot to death in the condominium alongside four men with ties to a rival drug gang.
At the trial of Matthew Johnston and Cody Haevischer, charged with conspiracy and six counts of first-degree murder, the Crown said the murders were prompted by a hit on drug dealer Corey Lal. The Crown alleges the other men were killed to silence any possible witnesses.
Bacon remains behind bars awaiting trial separately some time this year.
MacIntosh said Campbell's death has not been linked to any other incidents but the investigation team is working with the province's combined anti-gang unit, the provincial intelligence centre and Abbotsford Police.
"At this time, it appears to be an isolated incident," he said.
Campbell staggered to a business suffering from a severe neck wound around 3:45 p.m. on Thursday and later died in hospital.