Man charged in 2017 Stanley Park seawall stabbing death

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Charges have been filed in the stabbing death of a man on Vancouver’s Stanley Park seawall between Second and Third beaches last February.

A dogwalker found Lubomir “Lubo” Kunik, 61, suffering from stab wounds around 11 p.m. on Feb. 1, 2017. He later died at the scene.

Police said he was the second murder victim of 2017 in Vancouver.

On Monday, Tyler Anthony Lagimodiere, 29, was charged with first-degree murder.

Lagimodiere appeared at the Vancouver courthouse on Monday. His next appearance will be on Jan. 17.

Kunik lived in the West End and was said to be an avid amateur photographer. Originally from Czechoslovakia, he moved to Canada in the early 1990s.

In a news release, Vancouver police say Lagimodiere is a Vancouver resident but that the two men had never met. They believe it was a random crime.

The investigation was “challenging and complex,” they said. Forensic investigation linked evidence found at the crime scene with Lagimodiere.

“Our investigators worked diligently and used a variety of investigative tactics and resources to solve this crime,” VPD Supt. Mike Porteous said in a statement.

“Solving this murder has been a priority for the VPD and we want to thank the RCMP forensic laboratory, the Vancouver Park Board, and the general public for their assistance and support throughout this investigation.”

Lagimodiere was sentenced to two years in jail for his role in the violent 2007 robbery of a Maple Ridge home. Along with two other men, Lagimodiere broke into the house, beat a 23-year-old man inside and then made off with $90,000 and several kilograms of marijuana. 

Last summer he was convicted of stealing a car with an accomplice — his accomplice was also convicted of assaulting a police officer — and in 2012 he was convicted of uttering threats.

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