RCMP Superintendent Ward Lymburner, in charge of the Provincial Unsolved Homicide Unit. (Photo: Tom Zytaruk)

B.C. man shot dead in front of his wife on their wedding day in 2011

Manbir Kajla, 30, was gunned down after fender-bender crash in Surrey. A murder charge has been laid

Surrey resident Manbir Kajla, 30, was shot dead seven years ago in what police say was a random act of road rage at a Newton intersection.

He and his 27-year-old wife had just been married earlier that day, on April 27, 2011, and were in their Lexus just after 11 p.m. when they got into a minor crash.

“Mr. Kajla and his new wife had only been married that morning and were driving down 68th Avenue and 128th Street in Surrey when a minor collision between the Kajla’s vehicle and that of Samandeep Gill,” said RCMP Superintendent Ward Lymburner, in charge of the Provincial Unsolved Homicide Unit.

“When Mr. Kajla approached Gill’s vehicle he was shot by a suspect who then fled the scene.”

“This appears to be a case of road rage,” Lymburner said.

On Saturday, Surrey resident Samandeep Singh Gill, 30, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder in Kajla’s death and with the attempted murder of Kajla’s wife. Lymburner said Gill was arrested “without incident.”

Kajla died of multiple gunshot wounds.

“This investigation determined this was a random act of violence and that the suspect and victims were not known to each other,” Lymburner said. “It’s been hard on the families affected and I want to express my sincere condolences to the family of Manbir Kajla. I want them to know police have always been working towards an arrest.

“I hope news of the charges brings some semblance of peace.”

Police read a statement from Kajla’s family during a press conference in Surrey on Monday afternoon.

Family members were not there.

“We’ve waited seven long years for this moment, and we are relieved that closure is in sight,” the statement reads, in part.

“Only we know the unimaginable grief that our family has been going through and the toll it has taken on every family member. What we have been going through is something that no family should ever have to go through. Manbir was a loving member of our family and the void that his murder has left in our hearts can never be filled. He was a fun-loving person who is missed deeply, every day.”

They said Kajla “had a heart of gold.”

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

District of Stewart receives funding for food security

Stewart is one of 54 B.C. municipalities to split $1.4 million

Scientists produce extensive map of Tseax Volcano, lava flow

Volcano had been studied previously, but never in such detail

Skeena MLA advocates for small LNG project in Terrace

Many questions unanswered about project, say opponents

B.C. government eyes antlerless moose harvest increase in bid to save caribou

Antlerless moose hunts reduce predation for threatened mountain caribou, says ministry

If Trudeau won’t stand up to Trump, how will regular people: Singh

Trudeau did not directly answer a question about Trump’s actions amid protests

Facing changes together: your community, your journalists

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world in ways that would have… Continue reading

VIDEO: Internal investigation into aggressive arrest by Kelowna Mountie

A video allegedly shows a Kelowna Mountie striking a man several times

22 new COVID-19 test-positives, one death following days of low case counts in B.C.

Health officials urged British Columbians to ‘stand together while staying apart’

John Horgan says COVID-19 restrictions won’t be eased regionally

B.C. Liberals urge ‘tailored’ response based on infections

Introducing the West Coast Traveller: A voyage of the mind

Top armchair travel content for Alaska, Yukon, BC, Alberta, Washington, Oregon and California!

Feds get failing grade for lack of action plan on anniversary of MMIWG report

‘Instead of a National Action Plan, we have been left with a Lack-of-Action Plan’

B.C. ranchers, lodge operators say Indigenous land title shuts them out

Tsilhqot’in jurisdiction affects grazing, access to private property

As two B.C. offices see outbreaks, Dr. Henry warns tests don’t replace other measures

Physical distancing, PPE and sanitizing remain key to reduce COVID-19 spread

Most Read