The person accused of killing a 13-year-old lady in Burnaby, B.C., made a short first court docket look Friday morning.

Ibrahim Ali, 28, has been charged with the first-degree homicide of Marrisa Shen.

The teenager went lacking on July 18, 2017. Her physique was present in Burnaby’s Central Park later that evening and her killing was dominated a random assault.

Ali solely appeared for a couple of minutes at provincial court docket in Vancouver earlier than the case was put over till Oct. 12. He stood silent, listening to an interpreter together with his fingers clasped behind his again.

Shen’s older brother sat within the entrance row of the crowded courtroom.

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Greater than a dozen individuals gathered alongside the sidewalk exterior the constructing to help Shen’s family members. Most wore a white rose within the teen’s reminiscence.

A number of individuals gathered exterior the courthouse to help Shen’s household earlier than the teenager’s accused killer appeared in court docket at 9:30 a.m on Friday. Wen Zhou, proper, stated she sympathizes with the household as she’s a mom herself. (Yvette Brend/CBC)

New proof led to break in case

Shen’s demise prompted what would turn out to be the most important investigation to this point for the B.C. RCMP’s Built-in Murder Investigation Crew.

IHIT performed greater than 600 interviews, combed by means of greater than 1,000 hours of video footage and dominated out greater than 2,000 individuals of curiosity in relation to the case.

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Police stated new proof led them to Ali two weeks earlier than his arrest on Sept. 7. Officers have stated little extra about the knowledge that led them to the suspect.

Investigators stated Ali is a Syrian nationwide who entered Canada 17 months in the past — three months earlier than Shen’s demise.

Burnaby teen Marrisa Shen, who was 13 when she was killed, is proven right here in an undated photograph provided by police on the one-year anniversary of her demise. (Provided by RCMP)

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Ali, now a everlasting resident, is claimed to haven’t any earlier felony historical past.

Shen’s household issued an announcement thanking police, the general public and the media after the arrest was introduced.

“We hope that justice will lastly be served and Marrisa will lastly be at peace in heaven,” it learn. 

Learn extra from CBC British Columbia


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