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Title: Marrisa Shen - 13 - murdered - Burnaby, BC
Post by: Sap1 on July 22, 2017, 03:37:56 AM
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2017/07/19/marissa-shen-13-found-dead-in-burnaby-b-c-park_a_23038299/

Videos at link.

BURNABY, B.C. — Police say they are investigating a possible murder after the body of a 13-year-old girl was found in a wooded area of a popular suburban Vancouver park.

Cpl. Meghan Foster with the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team said Marrisa Shen's family contacted RCMP late Tuesday night, reporting the girl missing.

Shen's body was found early Wednesday morning in some brush on the southeast side of Central Park in Burnaby.

The scene suggested the teen may have been the victim of a homicide, Foster told a news conference Wednesday afternoon.

"It's still early in the investigation. Right now, this death is a suspicious death,'' she said.

An autopsy is being conducted to determine what caused Shen's death.

The girl was last seen at her family's home near the crime scene around 1 p.m., and Shen wasn't in distress when she was last contacted by phone at 5 p.m., Foster said. The officer would not reveal any specifics about the phone conversation or who the teenager spoke with Tuesday afternoon.

Police wouldn't say what Shen was believed to be out doing but Foster added the girl was on summer break, waiting to start high school in the fall.

This is an opportunity to remind your kids, and all members of your family, in fact, about the importance of personal safety and to not take it for granted.
Cpl. Meghan Foster
Police are asking anyone who saw Shen between 1 p.m. and 1 a.m., or anyone who witnessed suspicious circumstances in the park to call investigators.

"We understand there will be many questions, but until we know more and can provide more updates, we ask that the public remain vigilant,'' Foster said.

"This is an opportunity to remind your kids, and all members of your family, in fact, about the importance of personal safety and to not take it for granted.''


DARRYL DYCK/CANADIAN PRESS
RCMP Cpl. Daniela Panesar places a photo of Marrisa Shen, 13, next to a map indicating where her body was found in Central Park, during a news conference in Burnaby, B.C., on Wednesday.
Police released a photo of the young Asian girl wearing a black sailor-style top and red tie. Her long, dark hair was parted in the middle and reached past her shoulders.

Officers had cordoned off the south perimeter of the park Wednesday, but the remainder of the park remained opened to the public.

A trail north of a Pitch and Putt in the park was closed off and police could be seen patrolling, but golfers were still allowed to play on the green.

Violence 'doesn't happen here'
Area resident Jazmin Aure, 20, said she was surprised to learn of the death, adding that type of violence "doesn't happen here.''

"We go on walks here, we bike around here. My family, they love it here,'' she said.

Aure said the park isn't lit at night and she wouldn't attempt walking through the tree-lined trails even as a shortcut.

But she called the area safe and in the five years she's lived down the street from the park, Aure said there hadn't been a similar incident she could recall.

RCMP said the current risk to the public is unknown because details in the case are minimal.

CORRECTION: RCMP originally identified the victim as Marissa Shen. The correct spelling of her name is Marrisa.

Title: Re: Marrisa Shen - 13 - murdered - Burnaby, BC
Post by: jellybean on July 22, 2017, 11:37:47 AM
Oh no - what a heartbreak for her family.

jb
Title: Re: Marrisa Shen - 13 - murdered - Burnaby, BC
Post by: Sap1 on July 23, 2017, 12:39:02 AM
http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/police-adjust-timeline-of-when-dead-burnaby-teen-marissa-shen-last-seen

Video at above link.

Investigators released surveillance footage of the Burnaby teenager found dead in Central Park while at the same time confirming on Thursday that her death is being treated as a homicide.

At a press conference Thursday afternoon, Cpl. Meghan Foster said the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team is still working to figure out the motive and identify a suspect in the slaying of 13-year-old Marrisa Shen.

Shen was reported missing around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday and her body was found just after 1 a.m. Wednesday on the southeast side of Central Park.

Foster said evidence recovered so far doesn’t indicate whether she was a targeted victim of the homicide or if it was a random attack.


Marrisa Shen, a 13-year-old Burnaby girl, was found dead in Central Park. POSTMEDIA NEWS
Investigators recovered surveillance video from an apartment building close to the crime scene showing the teen apparently walking toward the building hours before she was last seen leaving her Burnaby home at 6:02 p.m., Foster said. 

“The video is merely to aid those in the area because we believe she was wearing the same clothing, she was of the same description — it’s just better video to provide you with,” said Foster.

In the video, Shen can be seen wearing a dark-coloured T-shirt, shorts and runners.  Police said it appeared to be the clothing she was found with.

Foster said she couldn’t confirm where, exactly, the video came from and whether it was taken outside her home. She said investigators were releasing the video in the hope that someone might recall having seen her after 6 p.m. in the vicinity of the crime scene.


Investigators don’t believe Shen was in distress during a phone call she made around 5 p.m. Tuesday, said Foster, adding that she couldn’t share who Shen was speaking with at the time.
Title: Re: Marrisa Shen - 13 - murdered - Burnaby, BC
Post by: jobo on July 23, 2017, 02:35:18 AM
The times are confusing, but this last article posted says she made a phone call at 5 pm and was last seen leaving her home at 6pm.
Who did she call at 5pm?
Did she tell anyone at her home where she was going?
The first article says they want to talk to anyone that saw Marisa between 1pm Tuesday and 1am Wednesday.
I'm wondering if she was meeting someone who turned out to be her killer, sadly.
I'm sure police are combing through phone and computer records, and will solve this terrible murder, quickly.
Title: Re: Marrisa Shen - 13 - murdered - Burnaby, BC
Post by: Sap1 on July 23, 2017, 11:36:47 PM
It is confusing. Marrisa was contacted at 1 pm and 5 pm and was ok, did not seem distressed. Left home at 6 pm. Who was contacting her? If she left home at 6 pm ... ? Just wondering if she had a disagreement with her parents. Surveillance cameras from an apartment had her in line.
I suppose in time more details will come out. Very sad, so young. 
Title: Re: Marrisa Shen - 13 - murdered - Burnaby, BC
Post by: debbiec on July 24, 2017, 09:39:15 AM
I am left wondering why, at her very young age, no one knew her plans when she left home that evening.
Title: Re: Marrisa Shen - 13 - murdered - Burnaby, BC
Post by: capeheart on July 24, 2017, 12:18:11 PM
debbiec, I was wondering the same thing. And on hearing a person on TV that lives close by, this person was an adult and said they would never walk in that wooded area, because it was too dark and they were afraid to venture there. So maybe someone who was on the phone with her or on the internet, made a plan to meet her in that area. I'm sure the investigation will find the person responsible. It could be someone she knows well and that she trusted them. Thoughts and prayers to her family and friends. :o :o :o :o :o :o
Title: Re: Marrisa Shen - 13 - murdered - Burnaby, BC
Post by: Sap1 on July 24, 2017, 02:07:55 PM
I was also wondering if there was a sort of language barrier with her family and for that reason police were not getting straight facts. Asian people tend to be more secretive about their family goings on and perhaps that is a reason more is not forthcoming.
It also appears that wording by reporters regarding info given them by police is carefully chosen as well.
As far as type of area ... young people tend not to be as concerned as adults, imo.
 
Title: Re: Marrisa Shen - 13 - murdered - Burnaby, BC
Post by: Sap1 on July 24, 2017, 02:14:41 PM
http://globalnews.ca/news/3617872/family-friends-and-supporters-remember-murdered-burnaby-teen-marrisa-shen/

Family friends and supporters remember murdered Burnaby teen Marrisa Shen

It was a somber scene at Burnaby’s Central Park Saturday night when family, friends, and neighbours gathered to share their shock and grief at the murder of 13-year-old Marrisa Shen.

More than 100 people came together to try to make sense of the inexplicable tragedy.

 
 Family and friends led the crowd in a moment of silence for Marrisa, remembered by her friends as quiet, but funny when she opened up.

Classmate Anya Vasick says the atmosphere in the neighbourhood has changed.

“I just… I don’t want this to happen again. Ever. It’s so upsetting for everybody. Everyone in the neighbourhood, everyone everywhere. I just want to feel safe again.”

 
Sicy Liao, a close friend of Marrisa’s, says the days since the tragedy have been a roller coaster.

“I feel like, the feeling… I can’t, I can’t, I don’t know how to explain. Just, all the stuff mixed together. And also I can’t sleep at night. I feel somebody is watching me, and so very sad.”
Many neighbours who attended say they can’t believe something like this happened in a neighbourhood they’ve always known as safe.

Shen was last seen entering an apartment about a block from the park at six p.m. Tuesday, July 18.

READ MORE: Death of 13-year-old Marrisa Shen in Burnaby’s Central Park a homicide: IHIT

RCMP found her body in the park around 1 a.m. the next day.

Anyone who saw her that Tuesday evening is asked to contact police.
Title: Re: Marrisa Shen - 13 - murdered - Burnaby, BC
Post by: Sap1 on July 24, 2017, 02:25:16 PM
There are several articles with mostly the same information, however there have been a few differences. One article claims she was seen entering an apartment block after having come from the park and others state she was seen leaving her home and going towards the apartment block.

One of her school friends says he was in ESL classes with Marrisa, so she is possibly fairly new to Canada. Below link ... Marrisa went often to the park and had earphones real loud. I really wish that young people, and anyone who goes out, would pay more attention to their surroundings.

 http://bc.ctvnews.ca/neighbours-friends-gather-at-burnaby-vigil-to-honour-marrisa-shen-1.3515532

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"You could just tell the type of person that she was. She was such a lovely person," another friend, Angelina, said.
Investigators have ruled the 13-year-old's death a homicide. She was last seen in surveillance footage walking into an apartment building on Tuesday evening before her body was discovered hours later in the park—a short walk from her home.
"She really liked Central Park, she'd go there by herself. And she'd wear her earphone really loud. And if somebody called her name, maybe she can't hear," Liao said.
Title: Re: Marrisa Shen - 13 - murdered - Burnaby, BC
Post by: Sap1 on July 24, 2017, 02:36:07 PM
http://www.ctvnews.ca/mobile/canada/police-trying-to-piece-together-last-hours-of-murdered-13-year-old-b-c-girl-1.3511294

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Details are scarce regarding her activities within the 12-hour window before she died. Police say they know she spoke to someone on the phone at 5 p.m. Tuesday, and that she did not appear to be in distress during the conversation. Police did not release details about whom she may have been speaking to.

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“Ms. Shen was a good kid and she is missed dearly by her family,” Foster said.


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Shen had just finished her first year at Moscrop Secondary School. She would have started Grade 9 in the fall.


eta:
http://www.torontosun.com/2017/07/23/tears-fears-at-emotional-memorial-for-slain-burnaby-teen

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Wu said that his goal in putting together the memorial was to do his part to prevent violence by ensuring that sure young people were doing what they could to stay safe.

"I think my purpose is to (make) more people aware of what happened and educate teenagers about their personal safety," he said.

Several of Shen's schoolmates left flowers and tears at the memorial, including Sicy Liao, who met Shen a year ago in ESL class. The two had bonded over hip hop music, she said, and ate lunch together.

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At least one member of Shen's family attended as well, but he asked not to be identified. He did speak to organizer Wu, expressing his gratitude without giving away his connection to Shen.

"The family would thank you for this," he said. Later, he asked a family friend to lead the crowd in a moment of silence.

My condolences to the family. They are having an extremely difficult time. :(

Title: Re: Marrisa Shen - 13 - murdered - Burnaby, BC
Post by: jellybean on July 24, 2017, 04:05:14 PM
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One article claims she was seen entering an apartment block after having come from the park and others state she was seen leaving her home and going towards the apartment block.

Perhaps all statements are correct.  Different witnesses saw her at different times??
ie: perhaps she went to the apartment block twice.

Nontheless, it is confusing.

jb
Title: Re: Marrisa Shen - 13 - murdered - Burnaby, BC
Post by: jellybean on July 24, 2017, 04:17:40 PM
Very often immigrants work, both Mom and Dad often work long hours.

Perhaps it was her parents who contacted her at 1 and again at 5 pm. Perhaps her parents had not arrived home at 6 pm when she left the house.

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Marrisa was contacted at 1 pm and 5 pm and was ok, did not seem distressed. Left home at 6 pm.
Title: Re: Marrisa Shen - 13 - murdered - Burnaby, BC
Post by: Sap1 on July 25, 2017, 01:07:40 AM
Very often immigrants work, both Mom and Dad often work long hours.

Perhaps it was her parents who contacted her at 1 and again at 5 pm. Perhaps her parents had not arrived home at 6 pm when she left the house.

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Marrisa was contacted at 1 pm and 5 pm and was ok, did not seem distressed. Left home at 6 pm.

I agree JB. That sounds like a reasonable and plausible deduction.
Title: Re: Marrisa Shen - 13 - murdered - Burnaby, BC
Post by: jellybean on July 25, 2017, 02:03:14 PM
I would think that the police would talk to everyone in that apartment bldg that she went to.
Did she have friends there, and went there frequently?

http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/critical-time-for-investigators-in-death-of-burnaby-teen

Friends and family plan memorials as tight-lipped investigators seek Burnaby teen's killer

Friends and family plan memorials as tight-lipped investigators seek Burnaby teen's killer

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team has so far kept tight-lipped about their work to find Shen’s killer, holding back information such as the apparent cause of death and the nature of a telephone conversation Shen had around 5 p.m. the day she went missing.

Neil Boyd, a criminologist at Simon Fraser University, said holding back information is a common tactic in homicide investigations, where details of the crime that only the killer would know could become useful in subsequent investigative work.

“(Investigators) don’t want to tip off any suspects with respect to information that they might have,” Boyd said.


He said investigators will be focused on speaking to every one of Shen’s associates in order to rule out potential suspects.



Title: Re: Marrisa Shen - 13 - murdered - Burnaby, BC
Post by: capeheart on August 26, 2017, 11:44:34 AM
I heard on the news that the police have 90 persons of interest, well it is better then no clues at all. In all of those 90, the person responsible could be there. It also could be more then one person. I do hope they solve this crime quickly. Children should be very careful not to enter any areas like this by themselves. They should be accompanied by a couple of friends or family members. Thoughts and prayers to everyone in that community. :o :o :o :o :o :o :o
Title: Re: Marrisa Shen - 13 - murdered - Burnaby, BC
Post by: Sap1 on May 10, 2018, 02:37:27 PM


https://bc.ctvnews.ca/new-video-released-6-months-after-marrisa-shen-murder-1.3765397

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The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team also marked Thursday's grim anniversary by launching a website where people can view all available video clips and details on the case.

News update site and for leaving tips:

http://marrisashen.org/
Title: Re: Marrisa Shen - 13 - murdered - Burnaby, BC
Post by: jellybean on September 10, 2018, 02:37:25 PM
https://calgarysun.com/pmn/news-pmn/canada-news-pmn/cp-newsalert-man-charged-with-murder-in-death-of-13-year-old-b-c-girl/wcm/d32a4899-a799-40d0-986a-978c35ce3c26


SURREY, B.C. — A man has been charged with murder in the death of 13-year-old Marrisa Shen, whose body was found in a Metro Vancouver park in July 2017.
RCMP Supt. Donna Richardson, who is in charge of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team, said 28-year-old Ibrahim Ali is accused of first-degree murder.
Richardson said the suspect is a Burnaby resident and wasn’t known to police.
Shen’s body was found in a wooded area of Central Park in Burnaby just hours after she had left home at 6 p.m. on July 18, 2017.
Richardson said Ali came to the attention of police two weeks ago, but she would not elaborate.

“We still believe this crime was a random act, meaning that Marrisa did not know the suspect and vice versa,” Richardson said at a news conference on Monday.
She wouldn’t say if police know of a motive.
The investigation into the girl’s death was one of the homicide team’s largest active investigations with over 2,300 investigative tasks completed, Richardson said.
“We methodically went through these individuals and either included or excluded them from persons of interest.
Title: Re: Marrisa Shen - 13 - murdered - Burnaby, BC
Post by: Sap1 on September 10, 2018, 05:02:08 PM
Thank you for the update JB. It doesn't say much about the suspect and I have to wonder if he is an applicant or is a refugee, or has his citizenship.

Condolences to family members. Rest in peace sweet little angel Marrisa. :(
Title: Re: Marrisa Shen - 13 - murdered - Burnaby, BC
Post by: Sap1 on September 11, 2018, 02:25:51 AM
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/marrisa-shen-homicide-developments-1.4817072

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Police say Ibrahim Ali, who arrived in the country 17 months ago as a refugee from Syria, was arrested in Burnaby on Sept. 7.

There really needs to be a proper vetting process for refugees.
Title: Re: Marrisa Shen - 13 - murdered - Burnaby, BC
Post by: debbiec on September 11, 2018, 09:34:16 AM
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/marrisa-shen-homicide-developments-1.4817072

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Police say Ibrahim Ali, who arrived in the country 17 months ago as a refugee from Syria, was arrested in Burnaby on Sept. 7.

There really needs to be a proper vetting process for refugees.

I totally agree Sap. Who is living among us?
Title: Re: Marrisa Shen - 13 - murdered - Burnaby, BC
Post by: Sap1 on September 12, 2018, 04:23:43 PM
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/marrisa-shen-ibrahim-ali-1.4818994

Most of murderers family sponsored by a church group. Police have this to say:
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Police caution against tarnishing community whose Canadian story has largely been one of hard work and success.

More at link above.
Title: Re: Marrisa Shen - 13 - murdered - Burnaby, BC
Post by: jellybean on September 15, 2018, 04:54:39 PM
I agree with that statement.   It is so easy to blame one community.  Above that,   I hope this young man is able to obtain an interested and good defence lawyer. The evidence is circumstantial... not hard clad with dna etc.

How easy it would be for residents to point fingers at a new immigrant.  That concerns me.....

I hope that this trial is made public..... and not by jury.  The kid would never have a chance.

As long as he gets a fair trial..... whether guilty or innocent, is very important. Not railroaded, shall we say.....


jb

Title: Re: Marrisa Shen - 13 - murdered - Burnaby, BC
Post by: Sap1 on September 16, 2018, 03:15:34 AM
Yes, I do have concerns as well JB. The more I think of it, something seems off. And the community of Syrians is out there too, supporting the family.