Police say the suspect, Ibrahim Ali, who arrived in the country 17 months ago as a refugee from Syria, was arrested in Burnaby on Sept. 7th. Ali has been charged with first-degree murder, some 15 months after the body of 13-year-old Marrisa Shen was found in a park near her home in Burnaby, B.C.
CBC (h/t Stinder) Shen went missing on July 18, 2017. Her body was found early the next morning in Burnaby’s Central Park. Police have not revealed how she was killed, nor if she was sexually assaulted.
Police say they became aware of Ali two weeks ago based on new evidence that was recently gathered. The investigation was one of the largest ever undertaken by IHIT involving 600 interviews, over a thousand hours of video footage collected and over 2000 persons of interest identified, according to Richardson.
“We still believe this crime was a random act,” said Donna Richardson, superintendent with the Integrated Homicide Investigative Team. “As far as motive is concerned… I am not able to discuss these matters in order to protect future judicial procedures.”
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