Friend of Hells Angel associate gunned down

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~Young man shot to death in front of his Surrey home~

A young man shot to death in front of his Surrey home was as close as "family" to a Hells Angel associate injured in a 2007 Langley shooting, the associate's wife said Tuesday.

Cynthia Pelletier said she has no idea why Andrew (Drew) Cilliers, 26, was gunned down in his driveway early Tuesday morning, but is traumatized by the loss.

"He was an excellent, excellent guy, okay," she said. "We loved Drew like our own family and we are just devastated."

Pelletier's husband, Leonard, who police say is an associate of several full-patch Hells Angels, was shot in September 2007, as he was about to drop off his 14-year-old son at a Langley high school. The boy was uninjured.

Leonard Pelletier co-signed for Cilliers' Harley-Davidson motorcycle loan, according to personal property records. Cilliers, who was convicted of drug trafficking in 2004, also got financing for the purchase of a 2006 Lincoln Navigator.

Cynthia said her husband did not want to talk about the murder.

"It is too sad. It is too f---ing sad . . . . all I can say is he [Cilliers] was a great kid . . . the young people today don't realize once you're gone, it's gone."

Surrey RCMP were called to the tidy rental home at 6267 131A St. about 12:30 a.m. and found Cilliers critically wounded in his driveway.

Several police cars arrived and officers put up yellow crime tape as snow began to fall.

A few hours later, Integrated Homicide Investigation Team spokesman Cpl. Dale Carr confirmed that Cilliers had died of his injuries about 3:30 a.m.

"Cilliers was known to police. This incident has all the indicators of being a targeted attack," Carr said.

Despite Cilliers' criminal associations, Carr said investigators don't have a motive for the shooting.

"We haven't linked it to any other murder yet," Carr said. "It is currently a mystery to us."

For his January 2004 conviction, Cilliers got a six-month conditional sentence and nine months' probation, as well as a 10-year ban on owning a firearm.

He and his brother had rented the two-storey home for almost a year, owner Shafqat Ali Bajwa said.

Bajwa only learned Cilliers was dead when contacted by a Sun reporter.

"Oh no, oh no, oh God," Bajwa said. "It is very bad, very shocking."

He said Cilliers was a good tenant who said he worked in the auction business and had provided references.

"I did not have any problems with him," Bajwa said. "He paid his rent on time. He left the house clean."

But neighbours told The Sun there had been concerns about the house and police were there several times last summer.

Bajwa said that at one point there was a bad domestic situation, but it had been resolved.

"He had [a] problem with his girlfriend in the summer, but now they are separated. He was living there with his brother," Bajwa said.

He said he knew nothing about the young man's drug trafficking conviction and had spoken to Cilliers' father and employer when he moved in.

"They said he was all right," he said.

Cilliers' distraught father Gerald had a colleague answering his Langley office phone Tuesday after learning of his son's death, the first file of 2009 for the IHIT.

The team, which covers Metro Vancouver except for West Vancouver, Delta and Vancouver, had not investigated a homicide for the first 26 days of the year. That comes after a record high level of slayings in 2008. But there have been two murders in the Vancouver Police Department's jurisdiction so far this year.

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