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Man dies after stabbing on Dewdney in Maple Ridge
A 45-year-old man died after being stabbed in downtown Maple Ridge early Saturday.
The man was attacked shortly after midnight on Dewdney Trunk Road and 223rd Street.
He was transported by ambulance to Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster, but passed away from multiple stab wounds.
The RCMP Lower Mainland Integrated Homicide Investigation Team has taken control of the investigation. Police said it is too early to discuss a motive.
Friends have identified the man as Stacey Raymond King and decorated the street corner with balloons, flowers and cards. They were set to hold a small vigil for King on Saturday night. A date for his funeral has yet to be set.
A man at the memorial who did not want to be identified said he had known King since elementary school. He added that King was chased down the street before he was stabbed, most likely over a drug debt.
“We know who it is,” said the man.
King’s Facebook page is filled with messages from his friends, who remember him as a kind, caring person who made people laugh when they were down.
“I will miss you so much, our whole family will,” wrote Traci Woodcock.
“You truly were the best friend a person could ever want. I pray that they find the guy who did this to you.”
Other friends were in disbelief that King had died.
“I can’t believe that I’m never gonna run into you again,” wrote Sammie Wallace.
“I’m never gonna talk to you and give you a hug again.”
King was known to police and had a lengthy criminal record with recent convictions for uttering threats, assault and theft.
King’s murder was the second homicide in Maple Ridge in the span of three days, but RCMP insist they are not connected.
Ridge Meadows Insp. Dave Fleugel understands why the community is alarmed, but assures residents that both incidents were targeted, not random.
RCMP have increased foot and bike patrols in the summer months to ensure the downtown core is safer.
Youth resource officers, who usually work with schools, have been turned into a bike and foot patrol unit. RCMP are also working with Westridge Security.
“We are getting a lot of good feedback from citizens who are saying they feel safer,” said Fleugel, adding he has instructed his officers to take a “zero tolerance” approach to any anti-social behaviour, such as open alcohol or drug use.
“We are trying to get the town centre to where everyone wants it to be, which is a vibrant, safe place. We want really want to be part of its success.”
Anyone with information about the murder is asked to call the IHIT tip line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To remain anonymous, call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or leave a tip at Solvecrime.ca.