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.


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