Charge laid in West End stabbing murder, Kamloops police say

Jason Holm, 37, is in custody facing one count of second-degree murder

A murder charge has been laid after a man was stabbed to death Saturday in a residential neighbourhood near downtown Kamloops.

Paul Samuel Whitten, 39, was stabbed to death in an altercation on Saturday morning on Clarke Street in the West End, police have said.

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Jason Holm, 37, is in custody facing one count of second-degree murder.

Investigators believe Holm and Whitten were known to each other. Kamloops RCMP Staff Sgt. Simon Pillay said Whitten’s death was not connected to organized crime or the city’s drug trade.

Pillay said Mounties are hoping tips from the public will help them advance their investigation.

“Although charges have been laid, this investigation is not over,” he said.

“We are asking for anyone who saw Mr. Holm in the downtown area of Kamloops on Saturday, Aug. 1, to please contact the RCMP.”

Pillay said Holm’s tattoos — multiple tears of various colours and sizes on his face, and a red cobra on his neck — make him distinct.

“He may have been walking in the downtown core anytime between 6:30 a.m. and 12 p.m.,” Pillay said.

Holm is slated to make his first appearance in Kamloops provincial court on Tuesday.

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