Another arrest in Vancouver sword attack death
5 men initially arrested in 19-year-old's death released without charge
Posted: Jan 25, 2013 2:16 PM PT
Last Updated: Jan 25, 2013 5:19 PM PT
Vancouver police say they have made another arrest after a 19-year-old man was killed with a sword in a targeted attack on Wednesday night.
Manraj Akalirai was attacked in South Vancouver by a large group on Elgin Street near East 47th Avenue, just south of Memorial South Park, at about 10:30 p.m. PT.
Several weapons were used in Vancouver's first homicide in 2013, including bats, clubs and a sword. Five men who were arrested shortly after the incident have been released without charge.
Police say Akalirai did not have a criminal record, but there are suggestions the attack had ties to the drug trade and a loose gang connection.
His family denies those allegations and describes Akalirai as a "well-mannered, humble and respectful individual".
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