Police say apartment of woman killed in Kitsilano an illegal massage parlour
darren altmayer/for metro vancouver
A woman was murdered down the hall in their Kitsilano apartment building, now police are saying the unit was used as an illegal massage parlour.
Fifth floor neighbours Robyn Fardell and boyfriend Sean Cox said the events of the last four days have changed the way they think of their neighbourhood.
Nicole Parisien, 33, was killed in suite 517 at Parkview Towers early Monday morning. Her body was found near a walking trail behind the building.
A 25-year-old Vancouver man has been arrested for the crime. He initially fled to Calgary, but then turned himself in to police.
“There’s lots of sketchy people in the building,” Fardell said, “But it’s still bizarre.”
News of a possible brothel on her floor is particularly worrying.
“What kind of clientele were they getting?” She asked.
Const. Tim Fanning said yesterday illegal massage parlours in residential buildings are not uncommon.
Vancouver police investigate around two massage parlours each month. They’re difficult to spot in busy buildings where people’s coming and goings can go unnoticed.
“They are all over the city,” Fanning said.
Eleventh-floor neighbour Vanessa Fer said news of an arrest is reassuring.
“I’m obviously glad that it was not random,” she added.
Outside the pea-green, vine-covered building, three childhood pictures, flowers and candles marked the grassy patch off the walking trail where Parisien’s body was found.
Her cousin remembers her as a happy person.
“She was always laughing,” Tanya Beadle said.
Andrew William Evans is facing second-degree murder charges. Police say they did not know each other before the incident.