Brandy Petrie (right) and Avery Levely-Flescher (left) have been identified as the victims in a Sept. 1 shooting.

VIDEO: Police identify two killed in rural Langley shooting

IHIT has charged Travis MacPhail, 21, of Langley with two counts of second degree murder

  • Sep. 1, 2017 7:00 a.m.

Brandy Petrie, a 34-year-old Burnaby woman, and Avery Levely-Flescher, 20, of Surrey have been identified as the two people who were shot and killed on a rural road in Langley early Friday morning, Sept. 1.

Charged in their killings is 21-year-old Travis MacPhail of Langley.

MacPhail has been charged with two counts of second degree murder in the deaths of Petrie and Levely-Flescher. He is also charged with aggravated sexual assault, possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm with ammunition and uttering threats.

MacPhail, who appears to have once been a student at Aldergrove Community Secondary School, was scheduled to appear in court Tuesday afternoon.

“The aggravated sex assault charge is not linked to the homicide victims,” said Integrated Homicide Investigation Team spokesman Cpl. Frank Jang.

Court documents online, appear to indicate the offense of aggravated sexual assault occurred on Aug. 31 in Langley.

“During the course of the investigation [into the double homicide] there was sufficient evidence to charge him with aggravated sex assault, uttering threats and possession of a loaded, prohibited firearm,” said Jang during a press conference at RCMP E-Division headquarters on Tuesday.

MacPhail is known to police but he doesn’t have a criminal record, said Jang.

Jang wouldn’t say if the victims knew the suspect. He also didn’t allude to what the motivation for the killings might have been. No other information was provided as the matter is now before the courts.

Early in the investigation, the evidence suggested the crime was not random and there doesn’t appear to be any links with any other acts of violence in the Lower Mainland, police said.

Jang commended the quick response of Langley RCMP general duty officers who arrived on scene and arrested the suspect.

“The quick response of the Langley RCMP first responders should be acknowledged as well as the tenacious work of IHIT investigators and our partners in securing charge approval.”

HIT has been working in partnership with the Langley RCMP, the Integrated Forensic Identification Section and the B.C. Coroner’s Service to gather evidence.

WATCH THE PRESS CONFERENCE:

ORIGINAL STORY CONTINUES BELOW:

At 5:30 a.m. Friday, Langley RCMP received reports of shots fired at 232 Street and 64 Avenue.

Curtis Kreklau of South Fraser News Services reported that RCMP arrived in the area and quickly located a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle.

Kreklau noted that an officer took a man and a woman into custody from a red Jeep.

He said the officer then located the victims’ vehicle crashed off the road into a heavily wooded area in the 23600 block of 64 Avenue.

One female victim was located deceased in the vehicle with gunshot wounds, according to Kreklau, while a second male was pulled from the vehicle with gunshot wounds and medical aid was rendered.

BC Ambulance Service transported the victim with critical injuries to Royal Columbian Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call the IHIT Information Line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca. To remain anonymous, contact Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

 

Suspect vehicle involved in a double homicide on Sept. 1 behind police tape at 232 Street and 64 Avenue. Gary Ahuja Langley Times

Police gather at 232 Street and 64 Avenue in Langley on Friday morning. Image credit: Gary Ahuja.

Just Posted

WATCH: Funeral honouring fallen police officer John Davidson

Celebration of life to follow at Abbotsford Centre at 1 p.m.

VIDEO: Langley bottle drive helps families fighting cancer

Team Keian event honours memory of six-year-old

Video: Louis Riel Day at Historic Fort Langley

A celebration of Métis culture

Giants ground Rockets in WHL action

Vancouver builds early lead, never looks back in 6-1 win at Langley Events Centre

VIDEO: Rare comic showing Superman’s 1st appearance to be auctioned

The 1938 comic features Superman hoisting a car over his head

Heavy rains, winds hit B.C.’s south coast

Localized flooding, gusts up to 70 km/hr expected for the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island

High winds cancel slew of BC Ferries sailings

Travel to and from Victoria and Vancouver as well as Northern Gulf Islands affected

LIVE: BC Liberals kick off leadership debate in Nanaimo

Candidates’ forum is at noon at Vancouver Island Conference Centre

VIDEO: ‘Party bus’ goes up in flames in Vancouver

Fire crews responded to the late night blaze

Surrey’s Sourdif makes Giant debut

Vancouver Giants coach among those impressed by Surrey teen

Start on time: Canucks looking to shake first-period struggles

Canucks centre Bo Horvat said the formula for getting a leg up is there for everyone to see

COMMUTER ALERT: Snowfall warnings in effect across B.C.

Travelling this weekend? Check the forecasts before hitting the road

Drones take off to search for missing North Okanagan women

A volunteer search party was supported by professional drone operators

Most Read