16 January 2018 0 Comments Posted By : Yvette Brend, Liam Britten

Family of 15-year-old who died after Vancouver shooting 'saddened and exhausted,' pastor says

The family of a 15-year-old bystander who died after being shot Saturday night in Vancouver is "stunned, saddened and exhausted," according to the pastor of the church they attended.

The boy died Monday afternoon after being on life support for hours, the BC Coroners Service confirmed.

Pastor Caleb Choi of Coquitlam Christ Church of China said the boy and his family were members of his congregation, but he was not authorized to release the victim's name.

The boy was shot while riding in a vehicle with his parents when gunfire erupted near East Broadway and Ontario Streets, a busy intersection south of the city's downtown, around 9:15 p.m. PT local time.

On Monday, hours before his death, Vancouver Police Chief Adam Palmer said the boy remained on life support but was "not expected to live." 

"What a tragic, terrible event this is. We can't recall something like this happening in our city in a very long time," Palmer said at the time. "It's heartbreaking.

"My heart goes out to the family… we will not ever be able to fully comprehend your grief, but the Vancouver Police Department will do whatever it takes to seek justice for your son."

Palmer also said it is "extremely rare" for an incident like this to happen in Vancouver and that it was a "reckless, reprehensible" crime.

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