Homicide investigators hope people who know who killed Janice Shore will "dig deep" and call police, Cpl. Bari Emam told reporters Thursday.
"It's extremely important for her family to get some closure," said Emam, a spokesman for the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team. "This is the time we need your help."
"This is the time to come forward."
Shore, 45, died Monday of head injuries she'd sustained in a vicious attack. She was clinging to life when a passerby found her Dec. 2nd, in a vacant lot in the 13500-block of 106th Avenue in Whalley.
Police didn't get a chance to interview her as she had been in a coma since the assault.
During a press conference Thursday Emam read a written statement from Shore's family. Her childhood was as normal as anyone else's, they noted, though she battled with mental illness most of her life.
"We never thought she would die under such horrible circumstances," her family said. "She did not deserve to die in such a way."
They noted Shore was "distanced" from most of her family for many years. She is survived by three grown children, two brothers and a sister.
"We believe that due to her unfortunate life circumstance, Janice did not have much of a voice while she was alive," they said. "After her death she no longer has any voice period."
Shore's family is appealing to the public to help police solve her murder.
Surrey RCMP Cpl. Bert Paquet said police believe Shore was involved in certain "high-risk activities" but he wouldn't specify what they were. "Some of these details are being withheld to protect the integrity of our investigation," he said. "The investigators continue to believe that the general public is not at risk."
Police ask anyone with information to call the IHIT tip line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448).