Brothers with gang ties identified as homicide victims found after fire in Richmond

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RICHMOND, B.C. — The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team has identified the victims of a double homicide on Friday in Richmond, B.C.

The homicide team says 25-year-old Chaten Dhindsa and 23-year-old Joban Dhindsa were brothers and were known to police.

The team says Richmond RCMP responded at 4:45 a.m. Friday to assist with a structure fire, but once the blaze was extinguished, two bodies were found inside the home.

Police say the injuries sustained by the two men were consistent with a homicide and the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team assumed conduct of the file.

Det. Lara Jansen says this is believed to be a targeted incident related to the victims' involvement in the ongoing Lower Mainland gang conflict.

She is urging anyone with information to contact IHIT or Crime Stoppers.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 21, 2021.

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