Hells Angels hold Vancouver memorial for slain member Bob Green
Gathering well-watched by police, as province's public safety minister reassures public
Members of the Hells Angels roared along parts of South Vancouver on Saturday to honour Bob Green, who was found critically injured two weeks ago in a rural part of Langley.
Since his death there has been a rash of violence across the Lower Mainland as B.C.'s public safety minister has reassured the public that anti-gang units are working to arrest gang members and their associates.
Meanwhile at Green's memorial, held at the Fraserview Banquet Hall, Vancouver police watched the gathering in a show of defiance to the group with known criminal ties.
Still there were others who knew Green, 56, outside of the biker lifestyle and described him as a husband, father and friend.
"He was was just a really good guy, very caring and loving guy," said Rick Hillier.
Jason Wallace, 27, has been charged with second degree murder in connection to Green's death.
Police say he is associated with the 856 gang, a violent group made up of members and associates operating in the Lower Mainland, and as far away as places like Fort St. John, the Yukon, the Northwest Territories, Alberta and even Ontario.
On the same day Green was killed, a man was shot in the leg and injured in what police call a targeted shooting in another part of Langley.
Then days later a man drove his car into the bedroom of a house during a targeted shooting in Burnaby.
That same day police discovered the gruesome remains of Shaun Alan Clary, 27, in Langley. Police say Clary is believed to have gang associations.
On Friday two men died after an apparent drive-by shooting in Surrey.
'Lot of violence'
"We have had a lot of violence across the Lower Mainland lately, there is no doubt," said Cpl. Meghan Foster with the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team.
"In light of some recent times, we would be remiss not to let [the public] know that if they see something suspicious to contact police."
The message comes as Mike Morris, the province's public safety minister says he "understands and shares," public concern about the risk to innocent bystanders in gang violence.
Morris said there are only three true outcomes to the gang life: injury, death, or time behind bars.
"It's no way to live. Young people who are thinking a gang lifestyle is glamorous should pay attention to the violent outcomes we've been seeing lately," he said Friday.
The minister added that two newly established 10-person teams within the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit are now fully operational and the anti-gang units continue to make progress on B.C.'s expanded guns and gangs strategy.
with files from the Canadian Press