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UPDATE: Online grieving for man found dead in Chilliwack home
Police are yet to confirm details but the Times has learned the identity of the victim who died under "suspicious" and "sudden" circumstances in a Chilliwack home Wednesday.
Stefan Kondolay is the registered owner of the house in the 46700-block of First Avenue where the RCMP Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) have been set up since Thursday morning.
The 31-year-old Kondolay and his father Bill are well-known in the drag-racing community in B.C. and numerous comments have been posted on racing websites about the death.
"Arguably the best bracket racer on the West Coast and for sure the most decorated racer to come from the province of B.C., Stefan Kondolay was taken from us yesterday," read an unsigned July 10 posting on Speedzone Magazine Online.
"[W]e will do up a tribute page for a very good racer and friend. Memorial decals are being designed as you read this. RIP my friend, you will be missed."
A posting on an online forum dedicated to Dodge Cummins Diesel trucks appears to have been posted by a family member Friday morning about Kondolay's death.
"Our beloved son Stefan Kondolay was taken from us," the post reads. "We do not have any details as of yet but he was found dead in his home yesterday morning. We wish that whomever is responsible for this cowardly act burns eternally in hell or that we find whomever did it and send them there ourselves. Our lives are forever changed, his dad and I are broken without him."
As of Friday morning a stretch of First Avenue between Coote and Windsor streets were still blocked off for the investigation.
IHIT spokesperson Sgt. Bari Emam did not respond to a request to confirm or deny the identity of the victim before this story was posted at noon Friday.
The Times will continue to follow as details are made available.