Surrey victims of apparent murder-suicide identified as married couple

Published: June 24, 2013

Surrey RCMP investigate a reported murder-suicide at a home at 6773 145A St. in Surrey, BC Thursday, June 20, 2013. Jason Payne/ PNG

LARISSA CAHUTE
VANCOUVER DESI

An apparent murder-suicide from last week has left three children without their parents.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team identified the victims of a “suspicious double death” in Surrey on June 19 as 49-year-old Dilber Singh Atwal and 30-year-old Gurpreet Kaur Atwal, who had been married “several years.”

“This is a tragic death which has left three children without their parents, the family of the victims are asking for privacy during this extremely difficult time,” IHIT spokeswoman Sgt. Jennifer Pound said in a media release.

The couple’s cause of death is still unknown as police wait for the autopsy results, which could take several weeks.

Last Wednesday, Surrey RCMP were called to the couple’s home in the 6700 block of 145A St. to check on the well-being of someone at the house when they found the couple dead inside.

On Thursday, many neighbours expressed shock that death had come to the quiet residential neighbourhood, although several said there had been trouble between the couple before.

According to a next-door neighbour, the man and woman lived at the home with their young son, but the couple may have been estranged.

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