Charges laid in murder of Marpole couple

Second-degree murder charges have been laid in the deaths of a Marpole couple.

Rocky Rambo Wei Nam Kam, a 25-year-old Vancouver resident, is facing two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of Dianna Mah-Jones, 65, and Richard Jones, 68, the B.C. Prosecution Service announced Tuesday.

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He made his first court appearance Tuesday and is due back in court Nov. 14.

The couple was found dead on Sept. 27 in their home on West 64th Avenue near Hudson Street.

Officers were called to the couple’s home at around 1:30 p.m. that day to check on their well-being. Const. Jason Doucette said officers were sent to the residence after a friend stopped by and noticed something that caught their attention.

At the time, police said the motive of the killings was unclear and suggested it was a random crime.

“That's why we are asking the public to look out for one another, and report anything suspicious to 911,” Const. Jason Doucette said at the time.

Following the murder, police put out a call for the couple’s 2014 white Kia Soul, which was missing from the property. It was later located several blocks from the crime scene.

The couple had a suite in the home listed for rent on Airbnb. However, Airbnb spokesperson Lindsey Scully said there was no active reservation at the time of the murder.

Mah-Jones was a well-respected occupational therapist at GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre and Vancouver General Hospital.

In 2015 she was named the Outstanding Occupational Therapist of the Year by the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists B.C. and just this past June she was honoured by the health authority as B.C.’s Health Care Hero at the annual B.C. Health Care Awards.

The deaths marked Vancouver’s 14th and 15th homicides of the year.

@JessicaEKerr

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