Public appeal in homicide of Wally Rogers

Surrey, Integrated Homicide Investigation Team

2019-08-22 08:33 PDT

File # 2017-941



The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is requesting public assistance to further its investigation into the 2017 murder of Walter Rogers.

Background: On July 8, 2017 just after 2 a.m., the Surrey RCMP responded to the area of 88 Avenue and 144 Street for a report of a stabbing. The victim, Walter (Wally) Rogers, was taken to hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. IHIT took conduct of the investigation.

Investigators learned that there was an altercation between Wally’s wife and an unknown person(s) outside his residence prior to the stabbing. Wally came to the aid of his wife and was stabbed in the midst of the struggle. He was known to police as being involved in the drug trade.

Van of Wally Rogers

The suspect(s) left the area in the victim’s green Dodge Caravan travelling in tandem with a silver sedan. The Caravan was later recovered by police. In addition, two males have been identified as persons of interest in this investigation and are believed to have vital information about those responsible for Wally’s death.

Male 1 Male 2

Male 1 – Caucasian male, slim build, wearing a dark ball cap with white logo and a black shirt with white graphics with a left arm sling

Male 2 – Caucasian male, medium build, bald, wearing a striped collared t-shirt, black shorts and dark sandals

A close friend of Wally Rogers is appealing for the public’s help to identify those responsible for his murder and has prepared the following statement:

Letter from a friend of Wally Rogers

My name is Colin McDougall and Wally Rogers was a close friend of mine. Back on July 8, 2017, Wally was stabbed and killed in Surrey. 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. When he was senselessly murdered, 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. No one deserves to be killed in cold blood. I’m sure there are people with information about Wally’s death that are just not talking. Maybe it’s because you’re scared or you got your own problems and you don’t want to get involved. But one thing’s for sure is you can’t erase what you know. We all have a conscience and it’s there to tell us to do the right thing. Wally deserves justice and if you know something that can help, do the right thing and talk to these guys at IHIT. I wish I had the information but I don’t. But someone out there does. Please do the right thing. Thank you.
-Colin McDougall

Every murdered victim leaves behind someone who mourns their loss, says Sergeant Frank Jang of IHIT. The homicide investigation of Wally Rogers will never be closed until it is solved and those responsible are held to account.

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.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

 

Released by

Sgt. Frank Jang

Media Relations Officer
Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT)
www.homicideteam.ca
14200 Green Timbers Way, Surrey, BC, V3T 6P3 Mailstop 508/509
Office: 778-290-4876
Cell: 604-557-8529
Fax: 778-290-6102

Email: frank.jang@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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