Update: March 17, 2019

The Vancouver Police Major Crime Section is investigating an assault that claimed the life a young man on Friday night in the Downtown Eastside.

At around 9:15 p.m. March 15, there was an altercation near the intersection of Jackson Avenue and Keefer Street. The victim was allegedly assaulted with a weapon before the suspect ran off.

Several witnesses called 9-1-1 and the victim was rushed to hospital, where he later died. He has been identified as 19-year-old Vancouver resident Dakota Saje Wildeman-McNeil.

No arrests have been made. This was not a random act and there is no risk to the public.

This is Vancouver’s third homicide in 2019.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the VPD Homicide Unit at 604-717-2500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.