Murder victim Jagvir Malhi was not involved in gangs, says IHIT

Investigators say Abbotsford man was ‘associated to those involved’ in conflict

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) has confirmed that Jagvir Malhi, who died Nov. 12 after being gunned down in Abbotsford, was not involved in gangs or criminal activity but knew people who were.

Cpl. Frank Jang of IHIT confirmed that information Tuesday to the Abbotsford News.

“What we can say at this point is that Jagvir Malhi was associated to those involved in the Lower Mainland gang conflict,” Jang said.

He did not say who those people were nor did he elaborate on a possible motive for the murder, including whether Malhi might have been killed in a case of mistaken identity or whether the shooter(s) were trying to send a message to someone involved in the conflict.

Jang said no arrests have yet been made.

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“We’re still appealing to those with information to come forward,” he said.

Malhi was shot at about 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 12 while he was driving in the area of Ross and Simpson roads in west Abbotsford. He lived in the area and was on his way to University of the Fraser Valley, where he was in his second year of criminology studies.

He was airlifted from the scene, but died shortly afterwards in hospital.

Following the shooting, IHIT stated that the killing was believed to be “gang-related,” although they didn’t specify the connection.

That prompted numerous people, including two friends who spoke directly to the Abbotsford News, to speak out – mostly through social media – about Malhi, saying he was not involved in gangs and was in fact a role model in the community.

Malhi – whose nickname was “Juggy” – wanted to be a corrections officer and was also studying for his real estate licence.

He was also an avid basketball player and had been part of the leadership team at W. J. Mouat Secondary, from which he graduated in 2017.

Anyone with information is asked to call the IHIT tip line at 1-877-551-4448, email ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.

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