Two men charged in death of Burnaby's Branson Sanders

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Two men have been arrested in connection with the murder of 20-year-old Burnaby man Branson Sanders last December.

Sanders' s severely-burned body was found in the bushes off Fareham Avenue and Ellwell Road in Burnaby on Dec. 2.

Police believe he was killed at a home in the 18000-block of 55 Avenue in Surrey and his body dumped in Burnaby, says the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT).

“Investigators believe there were several witnesses within the residence at the time that Branson was killed, said IHIT Sgt. Jennifer Pound in a press release. "We are asking for those people to come forward and speak with IHIT investigators.”

Burnaby resident Shakib Shakib, 19, has been charged with second-degree murder. A 19-year-old Surrey man faces the same charge but can not yet be named as the charges are not yet formally sworn in court, Pound said.

She noted that the arrests came through the joint efforts of IHIT, RCMP in Burnaby, Surrey, Clearwater, Kamloops and K Division in Alberta, as well as K Division's fugitive apprehension team.

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