Family pleas for information after Surrey mom beaten to death
By Elaine O'Connor, The Province February 21, 2013 2:13 PM
A street-involved Surrey woman who was brutally beaten and left for dead two months ago in Surrey was a mother of three whose struggle with mental illness led her to the streets, police revealed Thursday.
Janice Shore was found bloodied, unconscious, and half-clothed in an alley near 104th Avenue and 135A Street on the afternoon of Sunday, Dec. 2. She died this week.
“Janice Shore was somebody’s sister, somebody’s mother and somebody’s daughter,” Surrey RCMP Cpl. Bert Paquet said a press conference Thursday.
“We are hoping that anyone with information at this point that has not spoken to police will contact us as soon as possible ... our main goal right now is to solve this crime.”
Police confirmed Shore was involved in “high-risk activities” at the time of her death, such as drug and alcohol use and street sex work. However, Paquet would not get more specific about which activities Shore was involved in. He stressed police were holding back some information for investigational purposes. He would not reveal whether she had been sexually assaulted or whether a weapon had been used.
He did say police had warned others involved in those lifestyles in the area about the assault on Shore.
The 45-year-old was also not technically homeless, police clarified. She was “attached to a residence,” but was known to frequent homeless social agencies.
She died of her extensive injuries — including head injuries, facial fractures and broken bones — on Feb. 18. The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team has taken over the case.
IHIT Cpl. Bari Emam read a statement from Shore’s family. In it, the family outlined how Shore’s life had taken a wrong turn.
“Janice battled with mental health issues most of her life. However, she did not deserve to die in such a way,” they wrote.
“Although distanced from most of her family for many years and living a life which may have ultimately led to her tragic death, Janice was still a member of our family whose death we are grieving.”
Shore’s family, which includes two brothers, a sister and three adult children, have asked for privacy to grieve.
Anyone with information can call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
Shore was known to visit the Surrey Urban Mission at 104th Avenue and 134th Street.
She was found by local resident Ken Smith, 51, who was walking through a vacant lot nearby when he saw her lying in blood behind a tire shop pleading for help.
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