Even in a city becoming inured to public gang violence, the execution of Sandip Duhre in the busy restaurant of a posh downtown Vancouver hotel last year was shocking.
Now police have confirmed the man they believe was a key player in the hit is under arrest in Greece and awaiting extradition.
Vancouver police announced Wednesday that Rabih (Robby) Alkhalil, 25, will face a first-degree murder charge for what they termed a "contract killing" once he's returned to Canada.
The only question is where he'll be tried first, since Alkhalil is also facing murder charges in another gang hit in Toronto last summer.
Duhre, who was part of a rival drug gang, was shot several times as he was eating at the Sheraton Wall Centre's lobby restaurant in January 2012. The murder was witnessed by dozens of patrons and members of Cuba's women's national soccer team who were staying at the hotel.
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