SURREY: The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team has arrested two men who are now facing murder charges in connection with the murder of Surrey teenager Maple Batalia who was gunned down outside SFU campus Surrey last year.
The 19-year-old SFU student Maple Batalia was shot to death about 1 a.m. on Sept. 28, 2011 as she left SFU’s Surrey campus after an evening of studying with friends.
On November 30, 2012 (that’s more than a year later) IHIT arrested two males in connection to this brutal attack. Both males have since been formally charged.
Charged with First Degree Murder is 20 year old Surrey resident, Gurjinder Dhaliwal (He is Maple’s former boyfriend).
Charged with Manslaughter Using a Firearm and Accessory After the Fact is 22 year old Surrey resident, Gursimar Bedi. (He is Gurjinder’s friend and was with him).
IHIT held a press conference Saturday, December 01, 2012, to discuss these significant developments.
The family of Maple Batalia were also in attendance at this press conference and are now asking the media to respect their privacy.
Mother – Sarbjit Batalia
Father – Harry Batalia
Sister – Roseleen Batalia
“Although these details are a stinging reminder for the Batalia family they are relieved to see justice for Maple and thankful to see this day come, “ says Sgt. Jennifer Pound.
Many of the details surrounding the evidence gathering will be withheld as we honor the court process.
In December 2011, police seized a vehicle linked to the crime. The car, a 2011 white Dodge Charger, had been seen driving away from the scene, and was believed to be the suspect’s vehicle.
At the time, police said they wanted to speak with two men who might have information about what happened the night Batalia was shot.
Batalia was a health sciences student and a part-time actress and model. She had hoped to become a doctor.