Woman's boyfriend charged with 2nd-degree murder in Metrotown Mall stabbing

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The boyfriend of Melissa Blimkie, 25, has been charged with her second-degree murder. (IHIT - image credit)
The boyfriend of Melissa Blimkie, 25, has been charged with her second-degree murder. (IHIT - image credit)

The victim of a fatal stabbing at the Metrotown Mall in Burnaby this past December has been identified as 25-year-old Melissa Blimkie of North Vancouver.

Blimkie's boyfriend, Everton Downey, 31, has been charged with second-degree murder, according to the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team.

Blimkie was attacked Dec. 19 at around 11:40 a.m. in the mall parkade. She later succumbed to her injuries in hospital.

IHIT said the two were in a relationship for some time before the homicide.

"This is an unimaginable loss for the friends and family of Melissa," said Sgt. David Lee of IHIT. "We hope that this outcome provides them with some answers."

IHIT said Burnaby RCMP and the Metro Vancouver Transit Police were instrumental in containing and arresting Downey, who remains in custody.

Shane Mackichan
Shane Mackichan

Although a charge has been laid, the investigation continues. Anyone with information is asked to contact the IHIT Information Line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

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