Accused received life sentence in relation to April 2019 homicide of Robel Abera in New Westminster

Integrated Homicide Investigation Team

2022-09-07 12:05 PDT

File # 2019-637

Sam Jafroudi has been sentenced to life in jail following his trial in relation to the 2019 homicide of Robel Abera, at Hume Park in New Westminster.


On April 27, 2019 at 1933 hours, New Westminster Police responded to reports of shots fired at Hume Park, located in the 600-block of E. Columbia Street, New Westminster. A male victim, identified as 20-year-old Robel Abera was located deceased at the scene. A suspect, identified as 19-year-old Sam Jafroudi, was later arrested in a residence near the scene. The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) took conduct of the investigation and worked closely in partnership with the New Westminster Police Department (NWPD) and the NWPD Forensic Identification Unit (NWPD FIU).


On April 28, 2019, a charge of Second Degree Murder was laid by the British Columbia Prosecution Service (BCPS) and Jafroudi was remanded into custody. 

On December 13, 2021, following the conclusion of trial, Jafroudi was found guilty of the murder of Mr. Abera. 

On September 2, 2022, Jafroudi was sentenced to a period of life in prison with no eligibility for parole for a period of 12 years. 

A significant amount of effort went into this investigation by our partners at IHIT as well as the members of our department, says Sergeant Justine Thom of NWPD. We hope this guilty verdict and sentence helps the friends and family of Mr. Abera find some degree of closure.

Released by:

Sgt. Timothy Pierotti
Media Relations Officer
Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT)
14200 Green Timbers Way, Surrey, BC V3T 6T3
Office: 778-290-5202


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