SURREY, B.C. — Two teenagers, just 16 and 17 years old, appear to be the latest victims of targeted shootings in Metro Vancouver, say police.
The young men's bodies were found in a rural area of Surrey, B.C., late Monday.
On Tuesday, police released their names and what appeared to be school photos of two young men who were both smiling for the camera.
Cpl. Frank Jang of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team identified the younger teen as Jaskarn Jhutty, who was also known as Jason, while the older youth was Jakaran Bhangal, who used the name Jesse.
I hope the community takes note of that and how serious this is.Cpl. Frank Jang
Jang urged anyone who may be able to help with their investigation to come forward to police.
"These are two young men, 16 and 17 years old, that are now victims of homicide,'' he said. "I hope the community takes note of that and how serious this is.''
He said the families were devastated by the news of their sons' deaths.
"These two were known to each other,'' he said. "But they weren't known to police.''
Jang said investigators would like to hear from the their classmates or anyone else who knew the young men.
Surrey RCMP were called to the investigate the deaths shortly after 10 p.m. Monday.
Burning vehicles also found
Police said they were also called to separate locations nearby for burning vehicles and they would like to speak with anyone who may have information related to the fires or the homicides.
Jang said he couldn't say if the burning vehicles were linked to the deaths.
"It's concerning whenever there's a homicide in the community. It's a concern when people are tying to discard evidence by burning vehicles and other things.''
The motive for the shootings is under investigation and no arrests have been made.
CORRECTION: A previous headline on this story erroneously identified the boys as brothers.
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