IHIT believes that homicide was a random attack
Burnaby, Integrated Homicide Investigation Team
2017-07-26 15:21 PDT
File # IHIT File: 2017-1024 , Burnaby File: 2017-31670
Burnaby: Today marks the 7th day of our investigation into the homicide of 13-year-old, Marrisa Shen. It remains early in the investigation and our efforts to identify, arrest and prosecute the person or persons responsible continue.
Members of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team and the Burnaby RCMP are advancing this investigation. A review of the evidence collected to date indicates Miss Shen's murder was a random attack.
These events have caused great distress and sparked much concern about safety within the community. I can say that there have been no links made between this homicide and other reported acts of violence.
At this time, we have not identified a suspect or suspects, but we are still in the early stages of evidence gathering. These initial stages in homicide investigations can be lengthy. We will continue to review the facts, and will provide updates as appropriate.
Since our initial release a week ago, police have received a number of tips. We are appreciative of the information provided, and are once again asking for the public's help. Investigators are in search of anyone who took photographs or video while inside the park or surrounding areas on the night of July 18 between 6 pm and 1 am. This includes those with dash cam video.
We understand that there are many questions, but in light of how the facts present we ask the public remain vigilant. Cpl. Meghan Foster of IHIT says,
Marrisa's death was senseless.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the IHIT Information Line at 1-877-551-IHIT. Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-TIPS.
Remarks: Supt. Chuck McDonald
Hello, I’m Supt. Chuck McDonald, the assistant officer in charge of the Burnaby detachment.
The homicide of Marrisa Shen is a crushing blow to this community. It is very difficult to make sense of, and as a father of two daughters, I cannot begin to imagine the terrible toll this has taken on Marrisa’s family.
This incident has shaken us all.
No doubt it has left you wondering about your own personal safety. I want the community to know that the Burnaby RCMP will do everything in its power to keep you safe. But it is not something we can do on our own. Now is the time for us to watch out for each other, to be open about where we are going and who we are with. Parents, please talk to your kids about taking measures to increase their personal safety. It is always important to play an active role and to become educated on personal safety and never take it for granted.
We’re advising the following:
- Don’t walk or jog early in the morning or late at night when the streets are deserted.
- If possible, walk with a friend or in pairs
- Be aware of your surroundings
- Stay visible and stick to well-lit areas and walk with confidence
- If you think someone is following you, switch directions or cross the street. If the person continues to follow you, move quickly toward an open store or restaurant or lighted house. Don’t be afraid to yell and call 911.
- You can go to the BC RCMP website for more safety tips including tips to enhance your personal safety.
- There is a section about children and youth with a safety booklet available in several languages. www.bc.rcmp-grc.gc.ca
The Burnaby RCMP continues to enhance its presence at Central Park. This includes increased uniformed patrols, the bike section and members of the Community Response Team.
The Burnaby RCMP has a very good relationship with its citizens, stakeholders, the City and its community groups. Public safety is everyone’s concern. Our police officers work with our partners on public education activities through our Crime Prevention Units, enforcement initiatives and intelligence gathering to address public safety issues. In Burnaby we have specialized teams that work covertly and overtly, often targeting Prolific Offenders. Our crime analysts work with our investigators to identify high crime areas and subjects who may be responsible for crimes in our community and we have analysts with the Real Time Intelligence Centre (RTIC) providing timely information.
Moreover, Burnaby residents benefit greatly from the expertise and specialization of our Lower Mainland Integrated Teams. Teams such as the Integrated Homicide Investigative Team who work collaboratively with our Burnaby investigators on these investigations. I have complete confidence in IHIT’s ability and the work they do not only for our community but for communities around the Lower Mainland. These are complex and challenging investigations and I would urge Burnaby residents to be patient and allow our officers to continue this important and methodical work.
Lastly, I would urge anyone who knows something or saw something that evening no matter how insignificant you think it might be, please call the IHIT Tip line.
Cpl. Meghan Foster
Media Relations Officer
Integrated Homicide Investigation Team
Mailstop 508/509 14200 Green Timbers Way, Surrey, BC, V3T 6P3
Office No.: 778-290-4890
Cell No.: 604-376-5867
Fax No.: 778-290-6102
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