CITY CENTRE — The memory of three Indo-Canadian women who were murdered will be honoured during a candlelight vigil this coming Saturday (Sept. 28) in Holland Park.
The Whalley vigil, to begin at 6 p.m., will mark the third anniversary of 19-year-old Maple Batalia's murder.
Batalia studied health sciences at Simon Fraser University and was also an aspiring actress and model. She was killed on Sept. 28, 2011, less than a block away from where the vigil will be held.
Police found her dying of multiple gunshot wounds, on the third level of the SFU campus parkade. She had been returning to her car after a late-night study session when she was shot.
The two Surrey men charged in her slaying, Gurjinder Dhaliwal, 20, and Gursimar Bedi, 22, are scheduled to next appear in Surrey provincial court on Oct. 30th. Dhaliwal had once dated Batalia. He is charged with first-degree murder, and Bedi is charged with manslaughter, using a firearm and accessory after the fact.
Surrey school teacher Manjit Panghali, who was murdered by her husband and fellow teacher Mukhtiar Panghali in Cloverdale in 2006, and Poonam Randhawa, killed by an ex-boyfriend in Vancouver in 1999, will also be remembered at the vigil, to be held near the southwest corner of Old Yale Road and King George Boulevard.
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