British Columbia

Anahim Lake: 6 charged in Boxing Day double homicide

RCMP say half a dozen people are facing charges following a double homicide on Boxing Day in Anahim Lake, a remote community in the Cariboo-Chilcotin region of B.C.

RCMP found 2 men in their 20s dead after responding to report of shots fired

RCMP say half a dozen people are facing charges following a double homicide on Boxing Day in Anahim Lake, a remote community in the Cariboo-Chilcotin region of B.C.

Matthew Hennigar, 23, and Kalvin Andy, 22, were found dead inside a house on the 2100 block of Dorsey Avenue after police responded to a report of shots being fired at 11:53 p.m. PT on Dec. 26.

The small community of about 350 people is located on Highway 20, about 400 kilometres northwest of Kamloops.

Prosecutors approved charges against the following six people:

  • Everett O'Reilly, 27, first-degree murder.
  • Christian Craciun, 28, second-degree murder.
  • Andrew Jongbloets, 25, second-degree murder.
  • Serena Rhem, 26, second-degree murder.
  • Lucille Mack, 33, manslaughter.
  • Stephen Mecham, 22, manslaughter.

Police said earlier they believed those arrested and those killed all knew each other.

Investigators are now trying to establish the whereabouts of O'Reilly, Jongbloets, Rhem, and Craciun from the time of the slayings until their arrests the following morning.

Police are asking anyone with information to call the Anahim Lake RCMP at 250-742-3211.

Google Map: Anahim Lake, B.C.

Corrections

  • An earlier version of this article incorrectly said Anahim Lake is 250 kilometres northwest of Kamloops when it is in fact 400 km northwest.
    Dec 29, 2014 3:05 PM PT

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