News 1130 Radio – January 3, 2014 – Red Scorpions leader confirmed as victim of deadly stabbing

Red Scorpions leader confirmed as victim of deadly stabbing

January 3, 2014

By Anita Bathe – News 1130

ABBOTSFORD (NEWS1130) – The man who died after walking into the Abbotsford Auto Mall yesterday with a stab wound to the neck was a high-profile gang leader.

It was Matthew Campbell, 31, with the Red Scorpions; he was attacked around 4 p.m. along Automall Drive. He later died in hospital. Police believe it was a targeted attack.

Campbell had taken over the gang after the arrest or murder of other gang members in recent years, including the Bacon brothers.

Homicide investigators have been called in; they are still looking for a suspect.

Ranj Dhaliwal, who has authored several fiction books based on the local gang scene, doesn’t think this killing will lead to more gang violence in the Lower Mainland.

“I don’t think that this is going to escalate into gang violence in regards to the Red Scorpions or any other gangs that are moving in on the turf. I think that the big thing that’s going to happen now is that… there’s a void that now has to be filled here [in terms of] leadership… there’s going to be people trying to fill that void. I think that’s what’s going to happen at the moment. I don’t think that we’re going to see any more brazen shooting all over, like we have in the past decade or so, anytime there was a high-profile gang hit like this.”

“I think that the guys that are the players within the gangs themselves… it’s all political within the gangs. They’re going to be lobbying to get themselves somebody as a figurehead — somebody that can lead them,” he tells us.

“If that doesn’t happen, over the course of time, the groups are going to divide up. As we’ve seen in the last two decades, whenever somebody’s loyal to one gang and the leader had been knocked off, we see them starting their own little groups or committing their own individual crimes and breaking away, forming other groups. Unless this leadership role can be filled, I think that they may start falling apart.”

But Dhaliwal notes the Red Scorpions is a very prominent gang. “So, it’s one of those things where they’ve made themselves sort of a brand where others want to join up and want to be part of this gang, this group. I don’t see it faltering at all, in that respect.”

“But in regards to a full-scale gang war starting up because of this… if anybody does come out and say that there’s any warnings of that… I don’t think that’s what’s happened here. As of right now, we don’t know if it was a rival gang, we don’t know if it was an inside job, we don’t know if it was just an issue he had with someone else, personally.”

He doesn’t think Campbell’s killing will put an end to the Red Scorpions gang.

“Just like most groups, once they’ve established a name, it’s easier to jump onto that name and use that name to intimidate and instill fear in other smaller crime groups. So, breaking away and starting something new… they’re goig to be starting from scratch right from the bottom and I doubt something like that would happen. These guys have a big name — there’s a trial going on with the Surrey Six — so, they’re all over the news. I think all over North America, people do know who the Red Scorpions are. So, it’s not one of those things where there’s going to be a break-off group or they start a new gang in this regard.”