Batalia Cremated While Police Hunt For Her Killer


Video Of Suspected Crime Vehicle In Model-Actress’s Murder Released

SURREY – The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) released a  surveillance video of a white Dodge Charger believed to be the suspect vehicle used in the murder of young Indo-Canadian actress-model Maple Batalia. Meanwhile the teen was cremated last Saturday in a ceremony attended by hundreds of friends and family

The 19-year-old student was gunned down in the parking lot of the SFU campus in North Surrey on Sept. 28. She was studying late with friends near the Simon Fraser University campus when she was shot. IHIT investigators are saying that through their investigation – they are positive that the Dodge Charger appears to be the crime vehicle used by the suspects believed to be responsible for the homicide of Batalia.

A surveillance camera caught video of a white Dodge Charger with a sunroof racing from the scene at the Central City parkade where Batalia was gunned down at 1:10 a.m. on Sept. 28. Batalia’s father Harkirat Batalita made an emotional plea to the public Friday night for anyone who may have witnessed the vehicle leaving the scence or may know of its whereabouts to contact police.

“I pray to all the good souls of this Earth to come forward,” Batalia said. “Please tell the law what they saw.” He also spoke directly to the person who killed his daughter. “I humbly say to the people who harmed my daughter, now to turn yourself to the law,” Batalia said. “There is no way you’re going to hide for long.”

Family and friends gathered for the funeral of Maple Batalia on Saturday morning at Riverview Funeral Home in Delta. Anyone with information is asked to call the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team Tip Line at 1-877-551-IHIT. If you wish to remain anonymous you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.