One Year Anniversary of the Homicide of Marrisa Shen

Burnaby, Integrated Homicide Investigation Team

Wed Jul 18 11:44:00 PDT 2018

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It has been one year since the body of 13-year-old Marrisa Shen was discovered in Burnaby’s Central Park. Investigators determined that Marrisa was the victim of homicide and her murder was a random act.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team continues to work together with its partners to actively investigate Marrisa’s murder. To date, investigators have followed up on over 200 tips from the public, reviewed over one thousand hours of video, and conducted over 600 interviews. An extensive neighbourhood canvas was undertaken and investigators spoke with approximately 1300 residents as a result.

Photo of Marrisa Shen

The family of Marrisa Shen is appealing for the public’s help for information that could help solve her murder.

Letter from the family of Marrisa Shen

Marrisa was only 13-years-old when her life was taken. It is difficult to express in words the pain of losing her in this terrible way. 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.

Marrisa loved life and she had a loving family that cared for her deeply. Last summer, Marrisa had plans to travel and see friends in China, but those plans never came to pass as Marrisa was taken from us on July 18, 2017.

We would like to ask anyone who may have information about Marrisa’s death to please contact IHIT. Any piece of information could be important.

We think of Marrisa and her beautiful smile every day and miss her beyond words.

Thank you.

-The family of Marrisa Shen

The murder of Marrisa Shen shocked the community, says Corporal Frank Jang of IHIT. Our dedicated investigators continue to work tirelessly to solve Marrisa’s murder and provide answers for her family and the broader community. We believe there are still those with information that have not yet spoken with IHIT and we strongly encourage them to come forward today.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the IHIT Information Line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448), or by email at Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Released by:

Cpl. Frank Jang
Media Relations Officer
Integrated Homicide Investigation Team
Mailstop 508/509 14200 Green Timbers Way, Surrey, BC, V3T 6P3
Office: 778-290-4876
Cell: 604-557-8529



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