Shaelyn Yang, an RCMP mental health and homeless outreach officer, has passed away after being stabbed while at a homeless camp site at Broadview Park in Burnaby on Tuesday, October 18, 2022. The female RCMP officer was just 31 years old at the time of her death.
Following the news of Shaelyn Yang’s death, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau paid tribute to her with a post on his Twitter. He wrote, “I am incredibly saddened” to hear about the officer’s killing. “My thoughts are with the family, friends, and colleagues of the fallen officer—I am keeping you in my thoughts during this terrible time.”
Keep reading this article to learn more about Shaelyn Yang, her background, the killing incident, and much more!
Who is Shaelyn Yang?
Constable Shaelyn Yang, 31, was a member of the Police Mental Health and Homeless Outreach Team. She lived in Richmond and started her career by volunteering for the Richmond RCMP victim services unit.
She began her training to become an RCMP officer in 2019. Yang has been giving her services to the community since December 2019, under the Burnaby Detachment. Alongside being a brave officer, she was a loving wife, daughter, and sister.
How did Shaelyn Yang die?
The 31-year-old female officer, Shaelyn Yang, was fatally stabbed during “an altercation” at around 11 am on Tuesday, October 18, at Broadview Park in Burnaby, which resulted in her unfortunate death.
The incident occurred when the officer was checking on while helping a park employee check on a man living in a tent. Yang was brutally stabbed during the incident and later died in the hospital due to the injuries she suffered in the attack. Further details about the confrontation will be announced by the authorities after the investigation.
More about the incident
According to the police authorities, they were called to an “unfolding incident” on Canada Way between Boundary Road and Willingdon Avenue on Tuesday morning, October 18.
Later, it was learned that the RCMP officer was with city parks staff checking on a homeless camp in the 4000-block of Gilmore Avenue. A civilian found the female officer wounded quite critically, and he called 911 to inform the police.
After reaching the location, the 31-year-old officer was taken to Vancouver General Hospital, where she was pronounced dead by the doctors. The responding officers also found a suspect at the scene, who was shot and wounded. He was later taken to Royal Columbian Hospital, and was said to be in stable condition.
Tributes pour in for Shaelyn Yang
Following the unfortunate death of RCMP Officer Shaelyn Yang after being the victim of a stabbing, different police departments have expressed their condolences to the departed soul.
Burnaby commander Chief Supt. Graham De La Gorgendiere said, Shaelyn Yang’s loss is immeasurable. “Her death while serving on duty to her community is both senseless and tragic.”
People who have worked with Yang described her as a really kind and compassionate person, which makes her killing even more difficult to accept. Yang’s sacrifice to the community will never be forgotten, the chief stated.
The Victoria Police Department also paid a tribute to the departed soul by lowering its flags to half as “a show of honour and respect for Shaelyn Yang.” Their Chief, Del Manak, said, “VicPD sends heartfelt condolences to Const. Yang’s family, friends, and Burnaby RCMP as we collectively mourn the death of an officer serving her community.”
We also pay our heartiest condolences to the family, friends, and all colleagues of the brave-hearted officer, Shaelyn Yang. May God bless all his family members with the strength to bear this huge loss. We also pray to the almighty to let this brave soul rest easy on the wings of eternity.
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