South Asian Teen Brutally Beaten In New Westminster Dies

Charges Against Youth UpgradedTo Second Degree Murder!

Karim Meskine was in a public parkspace near the 22nd Street SkyTrainstation when a 16-year-old beatMeskine into coma with a baseball bat.The motive is believed to be robbery.

SURREY – A South Asian teen KarimMeskine was laid to rest Tuesday, a daythat included a prayer service at aSurrey Newton mosque and a burial atVictory Memorial Park in South Surrey.On Dec. 17, at about 7:30 p.m.,Meskine was on his way back from a jobinterview in New Westminster. He washeaded to a soccer practice, reportedSurrey Leader.Meskine was in a publicpark space near the22nd Street SkyTrainstation when a 16-yearoldbeat Meskine intocoma with a baseballbat. The motive isbelieved to be robbery.The 16-year-old hasbeen charged with second-degree murder.Meskine spent his 19thbirthday in coma, anddied on Dec. 20 whenhe was taken off lifesupport.The attack, andMeskine’s death, has rattledthe community, creating a hugeoutpouring of grief at.At the time of his death, Meskine wasthe breadwinner for his family, as hisdad was between jobs.Sgt. Bari Emam, spokesperson for theIntegrated Homicide InvestigationTeam (IHIT), said the killing was anincredible tragedy.”Karim was the innocentvictim of an unprovokedattack,” Emam said.”Karim’s family are devastatedby this incident andare at a loss for words. Thisis one of the saddest casesI have been a part of allthese years at IHIT.”A trust fund has been setup at TD Canada Trust inMeskine’s name, and as ofTuesday, there has beenabout $23,000 raised.The branch number is9028 and the account numberis 6083916. Email banktransfer: karimtrustfund@gmail.comOrganizers want to raise $100,000 topay for the funeral service and for initiativesto raise awareness of this typeof random violence.

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