it's as if i've never left...some things never change...
it's been a month since i've been back home...
trying to secure the main above the line crew...networking...and basically just getting the word out on the streets....
i've met alot of cool and supportive people in B.C's film industry which is comforting since i've been away for so long...it's definitely propelled my relentless obsession onto the next level...
i've gotten an overwhelming response just off the pure subject matter of the film...
there's been numerous emails of just plain verbal support and encouragement from the habitants of the city...unfortunately there's been countless families whose lives have been indirectly damaged by this lucrative trade...on the flip spectrum i've also gotten some negative emails questioning the mainstream glorification of this movie..
my response to that is...
in order to strike a chord with today's youth...it's imperative to encompass all the mainstrem elements...the story will speak for itself but to actually get these minds to commit and accept to a mental dosage of reality is another story...so i feel keepin' real also means being keepin ' it intelligent...there's a bigger picture here...and that all begins once the combination of visuals and imagery are unleashed simultaneously...there is no other way really...to achieve mass re-conditioning that envision...
another drug related homicide happened yesterday...
Richmond homicide victim the fourth woman killed this year in targeted hit
METRO VANCOUVER --
For the fourth time this year, a woman with criminal links has been shot to death in an apparent targeted hit.
The latest victim, an Asian woman in her 30s, was found slumped in a dark grey newer model Mercedes sedan behind a deserted industrial complex in north Richmond early Wednesday.
Cpl. Dale Carr, of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team, said police were called to the three-building complex in the 2500-block of Shell Road about 4:20 a.m. by someone who saw the woman in distress.
"Upon arrival of B.C. Ambulance Service and ourselves, a deceased female was found in a vehicle, a Mercedes, in the driver's seat suffering from an apparent fatal gunshot-related injury," Carr said.
"Richmond RCMP knows who this individual is. She is known to police here in this region for her criminality."
He said investigators still need to confirm her identification before releasing her name.
The womanâ€™s body remained in the dark grey sedan with a Richmond dealership sticker on the back for hours after police arrived.
Investigators draped yellow and white tarps over the car to shield the body from media and observers in a neighbouring building.
Carr could not say if the victim was associated to the new complex of offices and commercial units, many of which still have â€œfor leaseâ€ signs in the window.
Her car was neatly parked in a stall for unit 3028 which is in the middle building sandwiched between two others on its east and west sides.
Carr said in his 22 years of policing he has never seen as many targeted shootings of women as there have been in 2009.
On Feb. 2, Brianna Kinnear was gunned down in a pick-up borrowed from a friend in Port Coquitlam. She was a young drug dealer.
And on Feb 16, Nikki Alemy was sprayed with gunfire as she drove through Surrey with her four-year old son in the back. The child was uninjured. Alemy's husband Koshan has links to the United Nations gang.
And on March 14, Laura Lamoureux, 36, was found shot to death on a Langley roadside. She was involved in the street-level drug trade.
No one has been charged in any of the slayings. And Carr said there are no suspects in the latest homicide â€“ the 33rd murder of the year in the Lower Mainland.
â€œCertainly in the two and half years since Iâ€™ve been with the integrated homicide team, Iâ€™ve never seen it,â€ Carr said of the female homicides. â€œIn the 22 years that Iâ€™ve been in policing, I am not familiar with this sort of trend if you want to call it a trend.â€
He said the fact that women are now being gunned down shows the reality of the criminal world today where no one is safe and gender makes no difference.
â€œLetâ€™s hope it is not a trend,â€ he said.
Carr said forensic investigators were poring over the crime scene, which was expected to remain behind yellow police tape until early Thursday.
Police planned to canvas the area throughout the day and evening. And officers were attempting to seize any video that may have captured the killing or suspects, Carr said.
He could not say if the victim was a member of a crime group or gang.
â€œWe are obviously going to be doing a complete and thorough background check on the female to see who she is and what sort of individual she was and what connections she had,â€ he said. â€œWhether she is linked to a crime group is something that we are going to be trying to filter down and get to today. That would be an important component of our investigation and very important for us to identify that so we know what target group to go for.â€
An abandoned black four-door truck could be seen near the womanâ€™s car, all doors open.
Carr said the truck belonged to an â€œindividual that we are taking to the office that may be able to offer some information to us.â€
He said the person was not a suspect, but was asked to leave their truck by police so as not to disturb the crime scene.
â€œI know they were asked to leave the truck where it was and come with us and they came voluntarily to the office,â€ he said. â€œI donâ€™t believe the person is a suspect at this point.â€
He would not describe the victimâ€™s criminal history in greater detail.
The industrial complex, which is north of Bridgeport Road, is remote from residential areas and businesses that would be open throughout the night.
â€œJust about any sort of unlawful activity could be occurring here. It could be drugs, it could be gaming, it could be a chop shop for all we know,â€ Carr said.
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