Walter Rogers, who went by Wally, died in hospital after being stabbed around 2 a.m. PT on July 8, 2017. The Integrated Homicide Investigations Team (IHIT) said Rogers was trying to defend his wife after she got into a fight with a stranger outside their house, in the area of 88 Avenue and 144 Street.
RCMP said Rogers was stabbed in a struggle and died in hospital. A statement said he was known to police, having been involved in the drug trade.
Colin McDougall, a close friend of Rogers, said Rogers was a loyal friend and asked people to look beyond his history with police.
"I'm not going to stand up here and tell you that Wally was an angel. The police were aware of him and those of us in the local community know that he made mistakes. But to those of us who knew Wally the best, he was a really good friend and the type that would give you the shirt off his back," McDougall said Thursday.
"Youve had a second chance at life," Jang said. "Wally never got that second chance, because somebody killed him. If you have information, do the right thing and come forward."
"Wally was over 60 years old and was in no way threatening. The man could barely walk. It pains me whenever I think of how Wally's life ended. Regardless of the wrongs we commit in life, no one deserves that."
Officers said one or more suspects left the area in Rogers' green Dodge Caravan, travelling in tandem with a silver sedan. RCMP recovered the van later.
Two men have been identified as people of interest and are believed to have information about Rogers' death.
"Perhaps they werent in a position to come forward two years ago," Jang said. "But now weve learned theyre in a better position and might be more forthcoming."
One is described as white and bald with a medium build. Officers said he was wearing a striped, collared T-shirt with black shorts and dark sandals.
The other is described as white with a slim build. RCMP said he was wearing a black shirt with white graphics and a dark ball cap with a white logo. His left arm was in a sling.
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The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) said Rogers was stabbed trying to help his wife, who was involved in an altercation with an unknown person.
The suspect or suspects left the area in the victim’s green Dodge Caravan, which travelled in tandem with a silver sedan, police said.
The first is described as a Caucasian man with a slim build, who was wearing a dark ball cap with white logo and a black shirt with white graphics with a left arm sling.
The second is described as a Caucasian man with medium build, bald, wearing a striped collared T-shirt, black shorts and dark sandals.
Walter Rogers, known as Wally to those close to him, came to his wife’s aid around 2 a.m. on July 8, 2017, when a confrontation with an unknown person took place outside their home.
Friend Colin McDougall described Rogers’ death as senseless, noting that he was too physically frail to be viewed as a threat.
“It pains me whenever I think of how Wallys life ended,” he said. “Regardless of the wrongs we commit in life, no one deserves that.”
IHIT Sgt. Frank Jang said police believe “there are a few individuals with knowledge of what happened.”
“Perhaps they weren’t in a position to come forward two years ago, a few months ago, but now we’ve learned that they’re in a better position, and they might be more forthcoming,” he said.
Anyone with information about Rogers’ death is asked to contact the IHIT at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or [email protected]
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