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Burnaby man charged with 2nd-degree murder in fatal Vancouver stabbing

Police say 29-year-old Eric Lau knew the woman he allegedly killed
Burnaby man Eric Lau was charged on April 15, 2024 with second-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of 49-year-old Gertrude Cheong. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

A Burnaby man has been charged with second-degree murder in connection to the fatal stabbing of a woman in South Vancouver earlier this month.

The B.C. Prosecution Service approved the charge against 29-year-old Eric Lau on Monday (April 15). He’s accused of killing 49-year-old Gertrude Cheong, who the Vancouver Police Department says Lau knew.

Cheong was found by officers lying on Rosemont Drive, just north of Fraserview Golf Course, at about 6 a.m. on April 3. Police were called to the scene after people reported hearing screams and seeing a person in the street.

Cheong had been fatally stabbed and died at the scene.

Lau is set to appear at the Vancouver Provincial Court on May 6.

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