WATCH: The victim of a serious assault over the weekend in Saanich has now died as a result of his injuries. It is the seventh homicide on Vancouver Island so far this year. Luisa Alvarez has the details.
CORRECTION: The original version of this story misstated the number of children Shawn Campbell had. He had a total of six children.
Police swarmed the 3900-block of Carey road Saturday and the Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crimes Unit arrived to investigate after a man was seriously assaulted.
The victim, who close friends are identifying as 41-year old Shawn Campbell of Langford. was taken to hospital but died as a result of his injuries Wednesday.
“He was absolutely the biggest hearted kind of guy that you could ever meet in your life. He would give you the shirt off his back for anything to do with anything. It’s just a tragic event that this happened, that he’s gone and that this happened to him. He’s going to surely be missed,” said Ron James, a close friend of Campbell.
Campbell died just one day before he was supposed to appear in court. According to documents obtained by CHEK News, Campbell was facing an assault charge stemming from an incident on Sept. 26 in Metchosin. The victim listed on court documents is his wife Amanda Macdonald.
“I want them to know he was a good person and that he was a really good dad,” said Leah Tremblay, another close friend of both Campbell and his wife.
Campbell leaves behind six children and was the sole provider to his family. Now, friends have started a GoFundMe page raising funds for his family.
Saturday’s incident happened just after 3 p.m. Saanich police cordoned off the area of Carey road and brought in the K9 unit after witnesses reported seeing individuals flee the scene.
Police say they also cordoned off another residence on Granderson Road in Langford in relation to the incident.
The forensic identification team stayed on Carey road working to gather evidence well into the evening.
According to police, the incident appears to be targeted and those involved all knew each other but remain tight-lipped about any other details.
No charges have been laid at this time. If you have any information call the VIIMCU Information Line at 250-380-6211 or if you wish to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).