Hetu murder seeking new leads

Police are looking for leads into the shooting death of Christopher Daniel Hetu in Kelowna two years ago.

  • Nov. 1, 2011 5:00 a.m.

Christopher Daniel Hetu was found shot dead in a downtown park two years ago this week, prompting police to re-issue a plea for any information that could lead to an arrest.

At about 2:11 a.m., on Oct. 27, 2009, the 20-year-old Hetu was discovered in Mill Bridge Park, shot dead in what was later assessed to be a homicide.

It’s believed he entered the park only an hour earlier on a BMX bike via the Gordon Drive entrance, which is across from Brookside Avenue.

Witnesses have said they heard up to five shots that night. Police removed a gun from somewhere near the scene the day after the shooting, but never revealed if it was the murder weapon.

Questions have also arisen about the nature of the crime. Hetu was no stranger to trouble, having been released recently from a Prince George correctional facility, and the park was known for being a drug hangout.

Friends and family of Hetu spoke in defence of their loved one in the days following the crime, pointing out he’d moved to the area for work.

What everyone does agree on is that someone is failing to offer information on the crime.

“Police strongly believe that there are individuals in Kelowna and Prince George that have information about this murder,” said Sgt. Ann Morrison. “We are asking these individuals to come forward with this information and assist in identifying the person or persons responsible for Hetu’s death.”

The Kelowna RCMP in partnership with Crime Stoppers and CHBC News have produced a re-enactment video that has been aired on CHBC Global News, and is posted on the CrimeStoppers.net website. It was the recipient of the Crime Stoppers International 2011 TV Media Award for excellence in producing a crime re-enactment, although it hasn’t led to any arrests.

Police ask that anyone with information relating to the Hetu  investigation contact the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300.


Just Posted

Cherry season has arrived in the Okanagan

Dust off those cherry pie recipes

Sun-Rype Products Ltd. and Mamas for Mamas announce partnership

The partnership will help support mothers in crisis

Foundry Kelowna makes health care impact

More than 1,000 people ages 12 to 24 in the past year have come seeking help

Canadian pet boutique expands to Ontario

The Bone & Biscuit Company looks to leave it’s paw print

Two artists put on divine feminine art show in Kelowna

The show will be on for the month of July

Homeless people living on ‘Surrey Strip’ move into modular housing

BC Housing says 160 homeless people are being moved into temporary Whalley suites from June 19 to 21

Port of Prince Rupert names Shaun Stevenson as new CEO

Stevenson has worked for the port for 21 years as vice president of trade development

Senate officially passes Canada’s marijuana legalization bill

Bill C-45 now moves to royal assent, which is the final step in the legislative process

Fake attempted abduction not funny to B.C. neighbourhood residents

Two teenage boys won’t face criminal charges after scaring girl

New craft brewery location chosen in Kelowna

Rustic Reel Brewing says it will produce beer at new location on Vaughan Avenue

Mosquitoes out in full force already? Blame the weather

But a B.C. mosquito expert says the heat wave will help keep the pests at bay

Man pleads not guilty in 1987 slayings of B.C. couple

William Talbott of SeaTac was arraigned Tuesday in Snohomish County Superior Court

New GOP plan: Hold kids longer at border – but with parents

Move would ease rules that limit how much time minors can be held with their parents

Without a big data strategy, Canadians at risk of being ‘data cows’

Presentation said artificial intelligence could give Facebook and Amazon even more power

Most Read