REPORT: Refugee From Syria Charged With Murder Of 13-Year-Old Burnaby Girl

Ibrahim Ali hadn’t even been in Canada for a year.

28-year-old Ibrahim Ali has been arrested and charged with the murder of 13-year-old Marrisa Shen:

“CHARGED 1ST DEGREE MURDER: 28-yr-old Ibrahim Ali of Burnaby has been charged w/ 1st degree murder in 13-yr-old Marrisa Shen’s death. One of the largest files in ‘s 15 yr history is now before the court.”

As reported by the Vancouver Sun, “Ali did not appear to know Shen, and Shen did not know Ali, Supt. Donna Richardson, the officer in charge of IHIT, told reporters on Monday. Police believed from the start that the murder had been random and Richardson said investigators still hold that belief. Shen was reported missing after she failed to return home by 11 p.m. on July 18, 2017. Police launched a search, using GPS to track her phone. The 13-year-old girl’s body was found in a wooded area in Burnaby’s Central Park early the next morning.”

Ibrahim Ali came to Canada from Syria as a refugee about 17 months ago. While it is not yet known whether he was a government refugee or privately sponsored, “A spokeswoman for the Immigration and Refugee Board was unable to find records of any public proceedings in which Ali was involved.”

Ali had been in Canada for less than a year when the murder took place.

Here’s what Shen’s family said in a statement:

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank the public for all of their ongoing support and concern for us in this past year. We are aware that so many people reached out to the police to provide information and we were so grateful for that,” the statement read.

“We would also like to thank the media for all of their attention to Marrisa’s case. Lastly, we would like to thank the police for all their hard work and specifically IHIT for their perseverance.

“We hope that justice will now be served and that Marrisa can finally be at peace in heaven.”

According to the Vancouver Sun, the office of immigration minister Ahmed Hussen “did not respond to a request for comment.”

Following reports that Ali was arrested for the murder, some have begun raising concerns online about the federal government vetting process.

Spencer Fernando

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