A suspect has been caught for the murder of 13-year-old Marrisa Shen. Syrian refugee, Ibrahim Ali, 28, has been charged with murdering the teenager reports CBC. The murder which took place over a year ago has haunted her family and it seemed that the case would go unsolved.
Marrisa Shen, the daughter of Chinese Immigrants, was only 13 when she was murdered in British Columbia, Canada. On July 18, 2017, Marrisa Shen was reported to the police as missing by her parents when she didn’t come home. The very next day, the police, early in the morning found her body hidden in some bushes at Burnaby Central Park in British Columbia by using the GPS on her smartphone.
The Canadian Police went through 1000 of hours of videos and found that the last known footage of Marrisa was her leaving her house at 6:00 p.m. and her eating at a Tim Hortons. She leaves the cafe and six hours later she would be found dead.
Police put up a website Marrisashen.org detailing the investigation and asking for any help. Marrisa’s family wrote a letter on Marrisashen.org expressing their pain and asking for help. “We were supposed to see her grow up but instead, we have been deprived of the joy of having her in our lives and we are left with thoughts of what could have been of Marrisa’s life.”
“We think of Marrisa and her beautiful smile every day and miss her beyond words.”
It seemed the case had gone cold. It was over a year and the police went over 2000 “persons of interests” but they were all eliminated. That was until two weeks ago investigators looked into Ali. The police did not give out much information on why they thought Ali did it but they were sure it was him.
The Shen family has released a statement thanking the public for their help, the media for not letting Marrisa be forgotten, and the police for their hard work. “We hope that justice will now be served and that Marrisa can finally be at peace in heaven,” the statement finishes off.
The police stated they believe that this was a random act of crime. They do not believe the two knew each other. Ali is due in court this Friday.