Homicide investigators are looking for information in the death of a Coquitlam man whose body was found in Maple Ridge earlier this month.
The body of Edi Bogere-Nyigwo was found on a forested property Jan. 11. He had not been seen since leaving his home at 7 p.m. Dec. 27, 2019.
Sgt. Frank Jang of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team said police do not believe the death is linked to any gang conflict and is asking anyone with any information to come forward.
"We don't believe Edi's death was random," Jang said. "We believe there are still those with important information who have yet to speak with us.
"His friends describe him as someone who avoided trouble and many are wondering why anyone would harm him," Jang said.
A GoFundMe page set up to assist the family says he grew up in Coquitlam, attending Vanier elementary, Como Lake middle and Centennial secondary. As of Tuesday morning, $6,400 have been raised by 44 donors.
"Edi's memory will live on through his family and friends," said a message on the GoFundMe page. "He will be remembered as a kind and quiet young man."
The 24-year-old was an avid athlete and a member of the Coquitlam Sparta SC U-18 team that took home a Canadian National Championship in 2013, Bogere-Nyigwo scoring a goal in the 90th minute of the title match.
Anyone with information is asked to call IHIT at1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tips can be sent in anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).