Filipino murdered in Burnaby

By on April 29, 2015


A police officer on routine patrol recently found the body of deceased Filipino Elmer Palaganas Libertino lying in a pool of blood in Burnaby, a suburb east of Vancouver.
Libertino, 33, was from Itogon, Benguet. The deceased was employed at Whole Foods Market in Park Royal Mall in West Vancouver B.C.

According to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), the deceased was found dead from a gunshot wound, early Thursday morning, Apr. 16, in the middle of Moscrop St. and Smith Ave., in Burnaby.

The sisters of the deceased, Maricris and Maribel, who are both in Canada, are still waiting for the results of the investigation on the case.
In a release, media relations officer Sgt. Stephanie Ashton of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) said officers believe Libertino travelled from Surrey by public transit to the area of Kingsway and Boundary between 2 and 3am.

“There might have been quite a few people on foot in the area at the time and police are asking them to come forward to tell investigators if they saw anything,” she said. IHIT is asking anyone who may have information to call the IHIT tip line by calling 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or email at

The homicide is Burnaby’s third this year.

“We believe that on the night of Libertino’s death, people engaging in an online geotagging game called Ingress were seeking a cache at the corner of Smith and Moscrop. We seek the help of anyone in the Ingress gaming community who may have been in the area,” she added.

Ashton said Libertino had no criminal record and had left behind a grieving family who needs answers. – MM