Breaking point for everyone: 1 year since 2 teens killed in targeted shooting in Surrey – CBC.ca

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Families of slain teens plead for information a year after their deaths
The victims were 16-year-old Jaskarn (Jason) Singh Jhutty and 17-year-old Jaskaran (Jesse) Singh Bhangal. They attended Frank Hurt Secondary School and were in grades 10 and 11. The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team is holding a news conference on Tuesday to provide an update on the case. Family members of the two boys are expected to be there. 

Two burned-out cars were found the same night as the killings that police said may be linked. They're still looking for witnesses.

“My brother’s passion for cars was unreal.  He could tell you the name, model, and horsepower of a car by just looking at it,” she said. “Jassi was eager to learn about cars and he was excited to pursue a career as an auto-mechanic and was already looking into BCIT so he could apply in 2020.”

REAL SCOOP: Police and families appeal for help in slaying of teens

The young ages of the teenagers led to some significant changes in the city, says Gurpreet Singh Sahota. 

“Jason is the youngest of three in our family. We liked to call him the baby of our family.  He was the heart of our home.  He made our family complete.  This past year without him has been dark and full of pain.  We have felt his absence in every minute of every day,” she said.

Following the teenagers' murder, Sahota and a few others founded Wake Up Surrey and organized a protest outside Surrey City Hall, which was attended by thousands who spoke out against gang violence, including grieving family members of the two teens.

“We could not comprehend what had happened. Our family hasn’t been the same since,” she told a Surrey news conference. “I now realize that I didn’t just lose my baby brother I lost a piece of myself which I can never get back.  I lost my only sibling and my parents lost their only son.

"They were teenagers and not their time to go. Everyone is worried if this thing can happen to a 16 and 17-year-old, it can happen to 15, 14 or 13. Have to stop it here," he said. 

“This remains a priority investigation for us and all possible leads are being pursued to identify Jassi and Jason’s killers,” Cpl. Frank Jang said. “It only takes one or two phone calls from the right persons with the right information to significantly advance a homicide investigation.”

Sahota also believes the teenagers' murder changed the course of the municipal election in Surrey and led the city to transition to a local police force instead of the RCMP. 

“We are urging anyone who has any information to please please contact IHIT or Crime Stoppers if you wish to remain anonymous.  Please know that no information is considered irrelevant.  The smallest piece of information means everything to us,” Jhutty said.

"People were thinking the previous council was not sincere and not doing enough. People need change. That's why they're asking for even police change," he said. 

“Gang violence has been a topic in our home since my brothers were in high school. Education and knowledge against drugs and gangs were our parents’ number one concern and priority.  Jason had no criminal record or even interaction with police.”

On Monday, the City of Surrey announced its plans to transition to an independent police force by April 21, 2021. 

“Our family should be helping Jason prepare for his high school graduation but instead we are asking our community to help solve his murder.  We must ensure that justice is served.”

The report says a municipal force would cost $192.5 million in 2021 — a 10.9 per cent increase over the projected costs of keeping the RCMP — and would have 805 police officers and 20 community safety personnel.

Currently, Surrey RCMP has an authorized strength of 843 police officers with 51 vacancies that have been backfilled.

IHIT says 17-year-old Jaskaran (Jesse) Singh Bhangal (left) and 16-year-old Jaskarn (Jason) Singh Jhutty, were killed in a double-shooting in Surrey. IHIT

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My brother and I had a relationship like no other. He was my best friend and my other half. Every obstacle we faced together and he was always there for me when I needed him the most. Jassi was known for his huge smile and contagious laugh. You could always catch him making the silliest jokes that would always put a smile on your face; there was never a dull moment with him around. In general he was just a really happy kid with so much love to give. Jassi was an extraordinary individual with a bright future ahead of him. He was in grade 8 when he got his first plumbing job for my uncles business. The past four years, he spent his summers working at a plumbing job or helping out my dad on the weekends, so he could save enough money for his dream car which was a mustang. My brothers passion for cars was unreal. He could tell you the name, model, and horsepower of a car by just looking at it. Jassi was eager to learn about cars and he was excited to pursue a career as an auto-mechanic and was already looking into BCIT so he could apply in 2020 as he would have completed his apprenticeship program with a local auto body shop.

SURREY (NEWS 1130) – It’s been one year since two teens were killed in a Surrey shooting, and now, their families are renewing their pleas for information in solving their homicides.

We have no answers as to why someone would ever do this to Jason. He was only 16-years-old. He was just a child. No parent should ever have to spend their life wondering what could have possibly happened in their childs final moments. Someone out there knows what happened to Jason. They know why he didnt come home. We are urging anyone who has any information to please please contact IHIT or Crime Stoppers if you wish to remain anonymous. Please know that no information is considered irrelevant. The smallest piece of information means everything to us. Our family should be helping Jason prepare for his high school graduation but instead we are asking our community to help solve his murder. We must ensure that justice is served.

On June 4th, 2018, investigators say the bodies of 17-year-old Jaskaran (Jesse) Singh Bhangal and 16-year-old Jaskarn (Jason) Singh Jhutty were found in the rural area of 192 Street and 40th Avenue. The teens were last seen playing basketball with a group of friends at George Vanier Elementary.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team has said the deaths were believed to be targeted, and on Tuesday, IHIT Cpl. Frank Jang reiterated that belief.

“I can even further tell you that, based on what we’ve learned in the past year, we believe this was gang related,” he said.

Jason was born and raised in Surrey. Gang violence has been a topic in our home since my brothers were in high school. Education and knowledge against drugs and gangs were our parents number one concern and priority. Jason had no criminal record or even interaction with police. It seemed as if we were doing everything right as parents and older siblings. On June 4th my baby brother left to go play basketball and never came back. Later that night his body was found on a rural street in south Surrey. Our worst nightmare began that night and hasnt ended since. It never will.

[email protected] says the shooting deaths of Jassi Bhangal/Jason Jhutty is gang related. Says was not a case of mistaken identify and the boys were targeted, but neither were known to police and no evidence yet suggests they were linked to gangs. pic.twitter.com/SgOfveZode

Jason was one of a kind. He had the heart of a giant and was the kind of person who would think with his heart before his brain. Jason was always calm and usually smiling or laughing. He was a gentle soul. I always thought he was ahead of his time. He had the brightest ideas and could find a solution for almost any problem. Everyone always learned something from him.

Despite this link to gang activity, Jang noted neither of the two teens were known to police or had any interactions with officers.

“In the past year we’ve garnered significant evidence, information. We’ve spoken with a number of people and we also believe that there are people out there with information — some with very intimate knowledge of what happened,” he added.

“When the police came knocking at our door in the early hours of the morning, it left us in utter shock,” Sharon Bhangal, Jesse Bhangal’s sister, said on Tuesday. “We could not comprehend what had happened, and our family hasn’t been the same since.”

She says her brother would have turned 18 years old this past January, but instead of celebrating his birthday, his family has spent their time wondering who was responsible for his death.

“Although my brother and I were two years apart, both of our birthdays were in January. For the past 17 years, we had celebrated our birthdays together. This time around, he was not here to celebrate it. My birthday will never be the same,” Sharon said.

“We don’t know why this happened, who did it and what motive they had behind it — which are all questions that still go unanswered today. No family should have to experience this kind of heartache,” she said.

She described her brother as a generally “happy kid,” who had “so much love to give.” He was also remembered as an “extraordinary individual with a bright future.”

The pair was last seen alive playing basketball with a group at Georges Vanier Elementary in Surrey, and on Tuesday, Jesse’s sister pleaded with anyone who knows what happened afterwards to speak with investigators.

Pawan, Jason’s older sister, said her brother was the youngest of three siblings affectionately called the “baby” of the family.

Tuesday marks the one-year anniversary of the deaths of 17-year-old Jaskaran Jesse Bhangal and 16-year-old Jaskarn Jason Jhutty, who were found fatally shot in the rural 18700 block of 40th Avenue.

“This past year without him has been dark and full of pain,” she said. “We have felt his absence in every minute of every day.”

“He was a gentle soul — I always thought he was ahead of his time,” she added. “Everyone always had something to learn from him.

“Gang violence has been a topic in our home since my brothers were in high school. Education against drugs and gangs were my parents’ number 1 concern and priority,” she said.

She added gang violence was always a topic of discussion within the family since her brothers were in high school.

Cpl. Frank Jang with the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) said that police have continued to face roadblocks when dealing with people who may have information about the case.

“Education and knowledge against drugs and gangs were my parents’ number one concern and priority,” Pawan said, adding her brother had no criminal record or any interaction with police.

A burning vehicle was found in the area of 14 Street and 29A Avenue shortly afterwards, and a second burning vehicle was found that night in the area of 177 Street and 93 Avenue.

Both Sharon and Pawan are pleading for anyone who may have information about their brothers’ deaths to contact investigators.

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