The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team has formally laid charges in the February shooting death of 21-year-old Langley man Taylor Johnson.
Surrey resident Jesse River Hill, 23, has been charged with second-degree murder with a firearm, break and enter with intent, disguise with intent and discharge firearm with intent.
According to police, the accused and the victim did not know each other.
On February 26, Johnson, who had no criminal record, was staying at and caring for a property in the 2000 block of 200 Street in Langley.
He was not aware, however, that the home was being used for a marijuana grow operation, say police. It is believed that this was the motive for Hill to enter the home and shoot Johnson.
"Taylor was a good kid, with no criminal record. He was naive and made a decision without knowing the risks, and it tragically cost him his life," says Sgt. Jennifer Pound.
Johnson's father, Paul, a Baptist minister in South Delta, says his son was used unwittingly to watch over the property.
"He was a gentle young man. He had a deep and caring soul," he says.
"He had an innocent vulnerability about him that made it easy for people to take advantage of him."