Singer Murdered In Vancouver

Afghani singer Nasrat Parsa, 36, was assaulted and killed on the street outside his hotel May 8th following a performance at Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

“He had been approached by three male suspects; one punched him and he fell down some stairs hitting his head,” Constable Tim Fanning of the Vancouver police said. “He was rushed to the hospital and was pronounced dead.”

The singer’s Web site said he suffered internal brain bleeding.

At the time of the attack, police happened to be in the area, and saw a suspect running away. The perimeter was surrounded and a tracking dog unleashed to search the area.

“[The suspect] was found a couple blocks away hiding in the lane,” Fanning said. “Another man was also found nearby and taken into custody.”

A 19-year-old man was arrested and charged with aggravated assault. Police have since recommended the charge be upgraded to manslaughter.

Parsa, who was living in Germany, released 10 albums since he started recording in 1989. He toured all over the world and was in Canada for the past month promoting his new album, Dil.