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Murder victim identified

Police have released the name of the man shot to death inside a home on the 15300 block of Westminster Highway earlier this month.

Vancouver's Wai Ling "Tommy" Wong, 43, was killed in the early morning hours of Sept. 15 while attending a small private party inside the home.

Around 4 a.m., police were called to the home where there had been a party involving about eight people.

A masked gunman apparently entered the home and allegedly robbed the party-goers before shooting Wong.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Richmond RCMP at 604-278-1212.

The "Joe must go" petition is going to Ottawa.

Defend Democracy Richmond handed over a petition Wednesday that included more than 4,000 signatures calling on Richmond MP Joe Peschisolido to resign and force a byelection. Alliance MP Ted White and NDP MP Svend Robinson will present the petition in the House of Commons.

The petition is in response to Peschisolido's decision in January to leave the Alliance and join the Liberals. "In doing so, he disenfranchised the 21,064 electors who voted Canadian Alliance," petition organizer Adrian Wade said.

"My take on this is it isn't a story, it isn't an event," Peschisolido said. "It's the usual suspects with the usual agendas."

Silverman on stage Saturday

Concert pianist Robert Silverman and the Borealis String Quartet are performing Saturday at Gateway Theatre.

The five musicians, who are all based out of the University of B.C., will perform Schumann's "Piano Quintet in E flat."

Borealis consists of four young Canadian professionals, including Patricia Shih and Yuel Yawney (violin), Nikita Pogrebnoy (viola) and Joel Stobbe (cello).

It's the first concert of this season's Richmond Concert Association Distinguished Artists Series.

The concert starts at 8 p.m. Call 604-270-1812 for ticket information.

Key moves at Gateway Friday

Richmond's Alda Lee will be among three pianists performing at Gateway Theatre this Friday.

Lee, Kevin Wong and Reiko Nakatsukasa were runners up in the eighth annual Pacific Piano Competition held at Gateway in February, and won a chance to perform in this shared recital.

The evening will include music from Chopin, Liszt, Schumann and Debussy.

For more information, call 604-270-1812.

Halsey-Brandt to run as an independent

Coun. Evelina Halsey-Brandt said this week she will be seeking re-election to council.

Halsey-Brandt will again run as an independent candidate and said having no ties to a political party or organization allows her to better represent Richmond residents.

"Being an independent allows me the luxury of always being able to vote only on the merits of an issue without having to consider what the party line is," she said.

Halsey-Brandt was elected to council in last October's byelection.

She said she's proud she brought forward a successful motion to defeat pay parking in Minoru Park, and raised the issue of farming the backlands on No. 5 Road.

Halsey-Brandt (ne Vaupotic) also served two terms on council from 1990 to 1996.

This year's civic election for eight councillors, one mayor and seven school trustees is Nov. 16.

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