Fatal assault inside Burnaby Starbucks

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Image via Jonathon Brown.

About a month ago, a young man died after an altercation inside a Metro Vancouver Starbucks that a witness says left him unconscious and bleeding profusely on the floor.

It was a shocking incident inside a popular coffee shop, but the public only heard about it from media reports for the first time this week and police have not issued any statements about the tragedy.

Michael Page-Vincelli has been identified in media reports as the man who died and a makeshift memorial at the Starbucks has been set up in his honour.

Corporal Meghan Foster of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team says only that a man was transported to hospital after an altercation on July 12th at a Burnaby business. She adds that he died days later and an investigation is ongoing.

Michael Zimeras says he recalls seeing the man before his death pacing outside the coffee shop, and that he was agitated, mumbling to himself before an apparent argument over an irate cigarette butt ensued.

The man went into the coffee shop, to be followed by another man and moments later when he went in himself, Zimeras says he saw the young man unconscious on the floor with blood coming from his mouth, nose and ears.

Josh Paterson, with the BC Civil Liberties Association, says there may be reasons for police keeping the event a secret, but they should be more transparent about what they are investigating.