3 Punjabis held for murder of elderly couple in Abbotsford
by The Canadian Parvasi
The Abbotsford Police charged three Punjabi-origin men in relation to the alleged murder of an elderly couple back in May.
The accused, identified as 20-year-old Gurkaran Singh, 22-year-old Abhijeet Singh and 22-year-old Khushveer Toor, were reportedly charged with two charges of first-degree murder in relation to the killing of 77-year-old Arnold De Jong and his wife, 76- year-old Joanne De Jong, of Abbotsford.
The elderly couple was found dead by the Abbotsford Police on the morning of May 9, 2022, in their home in the 33600 block of Arcadian Way, a rural road in east Abbotsford.
According to The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team spokesman Sgt. Timothy Pierotti, one of the men knew the couple. However, he stated in a press conference that the relationship between the men was uncertain as of now.
All three accused are said to be Surrey residents and were reportedly arrested in Surrey on the morning of Friday, December 16.
“We know today’s arrests and charges don’t necessarily bring closure, but I hope they bring some level of comfort to a family that has truly suffered greatly with the loss of their family members,” Pierotti said.
“Joanne and Arnold were very well-known in our community … and we were all committed to seek justice,” stated Abbotsford Police Chief Mike Serr.