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Eileen Mohan says she never lost faith that the person who murdered her22-year-old son in their Surrey apartment would be caught.

Eileen Mohan says she never lost faith that the person who murdered her 22-year-old son in their Surrey apartment would be caught.

After 18 months, her patience was rewarded with the arrest of Dennis Karbovanec, 28, an alleged member of the Red Scorpions gang who on Thursday will be sentenced in the murder of Chris Mohan and two other men.

“It’s bittersweet,” Mohan told Metro Vancouver yesterday. “It’s good to have a face to the individual who took your son’s life, but it will never bring Chris back.”

Karbovanec was arrested and immediately pleaded guilty on Friday to second-degree murder in the deaths of Mohan, Ryan Bartolomeo, 19, and Michael Lal, 26, who were killed along with three other men in a Surrey highrise in October 2007.

Mohan and another man, Ed Schellenberg, were innocent victims in the now infamous gang hit.

On Saturday, police arrested and charged three other men in connection with the six execution-style murders.

James Kyle Bacon, 23, an alleged Red Scorpions Gang leader, was arrested outside his Abbotsford home and charged with first-degree murder in the death of Cory Lal, 21, and co-conspiring in the killings.

Cody Ray Haevischer and Matthew James Johnson, both 24, were also charged with first-degree murder.

Steve Brown, Schellenberg’s brother-in-law, said he’s relieved.

“(But) this is a whole different thing for me to cope with (now) — having a face and a name (to Schellenberg’s murderer).”

Mohan and Brown said that the public had been hasty in criticizing police for not solving the murders earlier.

“This is a time to write good stories about our police,” Brown said.

 
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