Two men have now been charged in connection to the murders of two Kamloops brothers, whose bodies were found near Naramata in the South Okanagan on May 10.
On June 18, the BC Prosecution Service approved first-degree murder charges against 35-year-old Anthony Graham of Penticton and 32-year-old Wade Cudmore of Naramata. Cudmore has been arrested and remains in police custody, while Graham remains at large.
Cudmore is the son of Kathleen Richardson, a 57-year-old woman who was found deceased in her Naramata home on June 9. Police believe her death is connected to the murders of Carlo Fryer, 31, and and Erick Fryer, 29, brothers from Kamloops whose bodies were discovered in a remote location on the Naramata Creek Forest Service Road after police received information about an unresponsive person in need of medical attention.
While police initially said the slayings of the brothers was not believed to be related to the ongoing gang -related killings in the Lower Mainland, that viewpoint has changed.
“Their homicides are believed to be connected to gang and drug activities, with alleged criminal activities not limited to Naramata, but other areas of B.C, including Northern BC and the Lower Mainland,” said Supt. Sanjaya Wijayakoon of the BC RCMP’s Major Crime Section. “
We are concerned that Anthony is a target and those associated to him, or found in his proximity, are also at risk. Anthony, if you see or hear this message, I am asking you to turn yourself into the nearest police station.”
On June 9, about a month following the murders of the Fryers, police found Richardson deceased in a Naramata home. Police attended the residence as part of the Fryer investigation and believe Richardson's death to be a homicide connected to the brothers’ deaths.
Police suspect all three deaths to be connected to gang activity and the drug trade.
RCMP Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey told KTW on June 18 that while police still believe Richardson’s death to be connected to the Fryer brothers’ murder, it remain an ongoing investigation.
Asked if police suspect Graham and Cudmore are connected to Richardson’s death, O’Donaghey would not comment, saying only that police have to be mindful they are now before the courts in this process.