UPDATED: Vancouver police identify the city’s eighth homicide of 2018

Thirty-eight-year-old Vancouver man dies after assault at Coopers Park

Vancouver police have identified 37-year-old Christopher Thomas Schiller as the victim of Thursday morning's deadly assault.

Just before 1:30 a.m. on April 26, police say Schiller approached staff at the Parq Casino near Pacific Blvd and asked for medical assistance. Paramedics rushed him to hospital where he died a short time later. Officers were able to determine that the victim was likely involved in an altercation in Coopers' Park, adjacent to the seawall on Marinaside Crescent.

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“Although this incident occurred very early Thursday morning, it’s not uncommon for people to be walking at all hours in this area,” VPD Constable Jason Doucette said in a media release Friday afternoon. “It’s important that anyone, including people in their homes, who may have heard or seen a disturbance in the area around the time of the assault to call our detectives. The smallest piece of information could help solve this.”

Sgt. Robillard would not comment on the nature of the victim’s injuries or if any weapons were involved in the assault.

Much of the Yaletown park and the sea wall were behind police tape Thursday morning as police continue to investigate.

Yaletown homicide VPD officer
By nine o'clock on April 26, the police presence in Coopers' Park was down to a few officers. - Martha Perkins

No arrests have been made. The death is the city’s eighth homicide of 2018.

George Villanueva lives nearby the park. He said he didn’t see or hear anything but added that there is often people in the park late at night or early in the morning.

“I definitely feel safe in the area,” he told reporters. “It’s a great place to live.”

Investigators are asking anyone who may have witnesses this incident or who may have any information about this homicide to call Vancouver police at 604-717-2500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

 

This story was adapted to incorporate new information from the police.

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