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Quebec police arrest two men in relation to Calgary homicide

Mourad Gasmi and Shannoh Jabet are charged with second-degree murder

Police say the victim, Mvemba Eriq Afonso, was shot to death.

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Police say the victim, Mvemba Eriq Afonso, was shot to death.

Two people have been arrested in Quebec in relation to a weekend homicide in Dover.

Act. Insp. Paul Wozney said at around 3:30 a.m. on Oct. 28, Calgary police were called to the 3400 block of 31A Avenue SE where they found the body of a man in his 20s.

"We believe this to be what we classify as a drug rip, where someone attended another residence to steal street drugs that don’t belong to them," said Wozney.

Police later learned that a black Dodge truck was seen fleeing the scene. The truck was reported stolen to police the following day.

On Oct. 31, Surete du Quebec police told CPS they had apprehended the truck in that province.

Both men were taken into custody and arrested for murder.

"Canada is a big country and it takes a long time to drive across it," said Wozney.

"Some deductive reasoning would very quickly indicate that these two suspects got into that car and took off very shortly after the time of this offence."

The victim has been identified as Mvemba Eriq Afonso, also known as Eriq Afonso Mvemba, 23.

Wozney said he was shot and killed. Police believe he was in the residence to visit a friend, but was alone when the homicide took place.

Act. Insp. Paul Wozney

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Act. Insp. Paul Wozney

He said it's believed the victim and the two accused knew each other, but he couldn't say what kind of relationship they had.

Wozney said investigators believe the motive for the murder was theft of drugs and money.

"When you get involved in that kind of lifestyle there are unfortunate consequences and there is a possibility that you may become victim to violence," he said. "Unfortunately that's what happened in this particular matter."

Mourad Gasmi, 21, and Shannoh Jabet, 22, both of Calgary, have been arrested on Canada-wide warrants‎ for second-degree murder and are currently in custody in Montreal.

They will be transported back to Calgary to appear in court, although no date has been set.

Anyone with information into Afonso's death is asked to call the Calgary police non-emergency line at 403-266-1234, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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