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Murder charge laid in North Vancouver kidnapping investigation

A single charge of first-degree murder has been laid against one of the suspects in a North Vancouver kidnapping last month.

One of four men previously arrested in the case has been charged with murder

A black BMW, a white Bentley and a Chevy Malibu of undetermined colour, were towed from the scene of a fatal shooting in North Vancouver overnight. (Kirk Williams/CBC)

A single charge of first-degree murder has been laid against one of the suspects in a North Vancouver kidnapping last month.

Tian Yi Zhang, 23, of Richmond now faces one count of first-degree murder for his part in the kidnapping and death of a 22-year-old man.

Zhang was previously charged with kidnapping and indignity to a body last month.

Three other suspects, Casey Hiscoe, 21, Dyllan Green, 20 and Jacob Gorelik, 18, also face charges in the case — none of them for murder.

The four were arrested after police investigating a kidnapping swarmed a Lynn Valley neighbourhood early in the morning on Sept. 29.

But the investigation turned into a homicide when a body was found, police later revealed.

Three vehicles — a black BMW SUV, a white Bentley and a Chevrolet Malibu — were removed from the alleged crime scene on flatbed trucks.

Police at the scene said none of the homes in the area was connected with the killing, and told neighbours it was not a random homicide.

The identity of the victim has not been released by police.

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