UPDATE: Family of murdered Burnaby woman issues plea

UPDATE: Family of murdered Burnaby woman issues plea
Former CFL player Josh Boden accused of murder
The family of a murdered Burnaby woman is thanking investigators following the arrest of a suspect nearly a decade after her death.

Former B.C. Lion Joshua Boden is facing a second-degree murder charge in connection with the death of Kimberly Hallgarth, whose body was found inside a home on Colborne Avenue in March 2009.

We recognize that nothing can bring Kim back. However, we need and deserve closure and are glad to see this next step today. We strongly urge the accused, his family, friends and acquaintances who were or are aware of any details related to this incident and withheld any information from the police to come forward now and do the right thing. We understand the accused and his family have also suffered from this senseless act of violence. We can only hope that the accused will cooperate and help everyone involved move forward, the statement said,

Closure in sight, says family of Burnaby murder victim Kimberly Hallgarth

Boden, who had dated Hallgarth, was previously acquitted of assaulting her and was long considered a person of interest in the investigation.

We recognize that nothing can bring Kim back. However, we need and deserve closure and are glad to see this next step today. We strongly urge the accused, his family, friends and acquaintances who were or are aware of any details related to this incident and withheld any information from the police to come forward now and do the right thing. We understand the accused and his family have also suffered from this senseless act of violence. We can only hope that the accused will cooperate and help everyone involved move forward.

Since the end of his football career, Boden has found himself in trouble with the law on numerous occasions.

Prior to that, he was convicted of two counts of sexual assault, one count of obstructing justice and one count of assaulting a police officer. Those charges stemmed from a 2009 incident in which he groped a woman at a SkyTrain station, an incident that prompted an unusual safety warning from police.

“Today’s outcome was the result of the excellent foundational work by investigators nine years ago, which continued into the present day where we have met the high threshold to bring this file to a conclusion resulting in charges now being laid against Mr. Boden. We never wavered in our investigative efforts,” said Insp. Dave Chauhan, acting officer-in-charge of IHIT.  “We are grateful for the support we received from our many law enforcement partners throughout the Lower Mainland region.”

Hallgarth’s family is now thanking the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) for its dedication to the case, saying they are happy about this next step.

“We have waited nearly 10 long years for this moment and are relieved that closure is in sight,” the family said in a statement.

“Only we know the unimaginable grief that our family has been going through and the toll it has taken on every family member. What we have been going through is something that no family should ever have to experience.”

Former Canadian Football League wide receiver Josh Boden, right, goes through security screening as he arrives at British Columbia Provincial Court for sentencing on two sexual assault convictions in Vancouver, B.C., on Thursday July 26, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

The family added, “we can only hope that the accused will cooperate and help everyone involved move forward.”

Former CFL wide receiver Josh Boden, right, goes through security screening at the British Columbia Provincial Court in 2012 for sentencing on two sexual assault convictions. (Darryl Dyck/CP)

A statement from Hallgarths family says she was a bubbly and caring person who deeply loved being a mother to her daughter and theyve waited for information on her death for nearly 10 years.

VANCOUVER — A former wide receiver with the Canadian Football League’s B.C. Lions has been charged with second-degree murder more than nine years after a woman’s death.

The body of 33-year-old Kimberly Hallgarth was found in a Burnaby home with what police said were suspicious injuries in March 2009.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team announced the charge today against Joshua Boden, who was expected to appear in court.

Insp. Dave Chauhan, the acting officer in charge of the homicide team, says work done by the original investigators and a review by its cold-case team led to the approval of charges by the Crown.

A statement from Hallgarth’s family says she was a bubbly and caring person who deeply loved being a mother to her daughter and they’ve waited for information on her death for nearly 10 years.