New West murder victim identified as Sam Balani

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team has confirmed that a man found dead in New Westminster Wednesday was in fact murdered.

And IHIT has identified the victim as 32-year-old Sam Balani, who was shot to death about 6:15 am in his basement suite in the 500-block of Colby Street.

“Investigators have been processing the crime scene overnight and in to the day and can say this suspicious death has been confirmed as a targeted homicide,” Sgt. Jennifer Pound said in a news release.

She said no one has been arrested. Investigators are asking anyone with information to contact the IHIT tip line at  1-877-551-IHIT(4448) or  email

Balani was known to police.

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