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Community to remember Maple Batalia on her first death anniversary

Gurinder Gill, Hindustan Times  British Columbia, September 29, 2012
First Published: 11:39 IST(29/9/2012) | Last Updated: 12:22 IST(29/9/2012)

Indo-Canadian community of Surrey in British Columbia will mark the one year anniversary of the tragic death of Maple Batalia with a vigil on Friday night.


Maple, 19, an aspiring actress and model was studying at the SFU Campus in Surrey when she was shot to death last year on this date.

Maple was a health science student and a part-time actor, and a model. She wanted to become a doctor, her family said.
 
"This heinous killing shocked the community and forced a loving family to forever deal with this tragic and unnecessary loss," says Sgt Jennifer Pound.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) continues to push forward with this investigation and process information received through the community and various tips that come in.
 
The community is outraged by the senseless murder of Maple and her family and friends miss her greatly.
 
"We know there are people within the community that have not come forward to the police. We want to reach those individuals and ask them to look at the devastation this murder has caused. Maple's family, the public and the police want to see justice for this young girl who was beautiful inside and out," said Sgt Jennifer Pound with an appeal to persons having information in the matter to come forward.
 
The family is holding a vigil in Surrey on Friday night at Holland Park located at 13428 Old Yale Road.

Maple's parents Harry Batalia and Sarbjit Batalia, are hoping the anniversary of their daughter's death will lead to a break in the case. Sarbjit said the vigil is open to "everyone who likes justice and who liked Maple and who doesn't like the killing of innocent persons."

Ten days after the killing, investigators released video of a white Dodge Charger leaving the area after the shooting and they say they know more about the car than they're able to reveal at this stage.
 
Batalia's family also organised a documentary screening for a film in her memory at SFU's Surrey campus on Friday afternoon.

No arrests have been made in the case so far and police say there are people in the community who have information about Batalia's death but have not yet come forward.

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