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Family Of Batalia To Protest At Former Boyfriend’s Court Apperance

Friends and relatives of Surrey murder victim Maple Batalia are planning a peaceful protest outside Surrey Provincial Court Oct. 17.

The event is timed to coincide with a court appearance by her former boyfriend Gurjinder (Gary) Dhaliwal, who is charged with two counts of assault in connection with an incident at a Tim Horton’s four days before Batalia was gunned down Sept. 28.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team continues to follow up leads in the case and has not identified any suspects publicly.

Batalia’s sister Roseleen said her traumatized parents attended another vigil this week for slain teen Jamie Kehoe, whose throat was slit after an altercation on a bus in Surrey.

Roseleen said the two slayings of Surrey teens just 10 days apart shows that violence is out of control in the region.

“We want to take back Surrey,” Roseleen said.

She said she is confident that there will be an arrest in her sister’s murder and that the family will get justice.

“I do trust the justice system,” she said. “I think there will be justice for my sister. She was my everything.”

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UPDATE: The protest has been postponed.

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