Actress and model Maple Batalia

Vigil for slain Surrey teen Maple Batalia

Family describes 19-year-old as the star of their life.

The family of a teen slain in North Surrey this week is holding a vigil tonight (Friday) to honour her memory.

Maple Batalia, 19, was gunned down Wednesday morning in a parkade beside SFU’s Surrey campus where she was going to school.

Maple’s mother, Sarabjit, said the family is holding the vigil at Holland Park tonight at 7 p.m.

The family is still in extreme pain over the loss.

“My life is finished,” Sarabjit said. “What is my life without her? She was the star in our life and our whole family.”

She has no idea who would have killed her daughter.

“I know she has no enemies, and she had no time to fight with anybody,” she said, adding her daughter was too busy with various activities to make anyone angry.

Sarabjit had asked Maple to ease up because her plate was so full, between modelling, acting, her job and studying to be a medical student.

Maple declined, saying she was going to be an actor or a doctor.

She was a finalist in the Central City Model Search, which was scheduled to hold its finale on Saturday.

Because of the tragic events, Central City has decided to postpone the event indefinitely.

“We did not feel it was appropriate to go forward with it at this time,” Central City spokesperson Michelle MacKay said.

Meanwhile, the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team has doubled the officers assigned to the case to 50.

 

 

 

 

Just Posted

RCMP respond to incident at Surrey Memorial Hospital

Police were also on scene at a nearby apartment complex

White Rock RCMP seeking information about Aug. 16 assault

Man in 60s was injured around same time Paul Prestbakmo was stabbed to death

New recovery house rules, increased funding aim to prevent overdose tragedy

Changes ‘speak to issues’ highlighted by death of South Surrey’s Zachary Plett

Cloverdale DebuTheatre play heading to Vancouver Fringe Festival

Legoland will run through September at the Cultch as part of Dramatic Works Series

Surrey RCMP say municipal force approval a ‘challenging time’ for detachment

Province green lit the plan, joint committee for transition to be established

B.C. sockeye returns drop as official calls 2019 ‘extremely challenging’

Federal government says officials are seeing the same thing off Alaska and Washington state

Groups ready campaign to help young voters identify ‘fake news’ in election

The media literacy campaign to focus on identifying misinformation and suspicious sources online

Big rally in northern B.C. draws attention to continuing lumber crisis

Mayor Joan Atkinson says about 400 workers have been directly affected by the closure of the Canfor mill

Orangeville Northmen take Minto Cup at Langley Events Centre

Swept best-of-five series 3-0 over Victoria Shamrocks

Expanded support to help B.C. youth from care attend university still falling short

Inadequate support, limited awareness and eligibility restrictions some of the existing challenges

Ethnic media aim to help maintain boost in voting by new Canadians

Statistics Canada says new Canadians made up about one-fifth of the voting population in 2016

UPDATE: Crown cross-examines B.C. father accused of killing daughters

Andrew Berry is charged in the deaths of six-year-old Chloe and four-year-old Aubrey in 2017

Dog attacked by river otters, Penticton owner says

Marie Fletcher says her dog was pulled underwater by four river otters in the Penticton Channel

BC SPCA overwhelmed with cats, kittens needing homes

Large number of cruelty investigations, plus normal ‘kitten season’ to blame

Most Read