Who Killed Maple Batala And For God Sake WHY? SHOOTING DEATH OF A BEAUTY!

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“I’ve lost everything I had,” said Harkirat Batalia, the father of 19-year-old Maple Batalia, who was found shot at about 1 a.m. near an entrance to the Surrey Central City campus of Simon Fraser University parking lot early Wednesday.”My life source is gone. I wished I was dead many years back so that I didn’t have to see this day. I cannot explain in any terms how to live now.”

By R. Paul Dhillon With News Files

SURREY- Just as the killer of another young, beautiful Indo-Canadian teen Poonam Randhawa, who was shot to death in Vancouver by a disturbed stalker in 1991, has finally been brought to justice – the community has another huge tragedy on its hands with the absolutely unconscious able murder of another young beautiful teen Maple Batalia also by potentially another stalker, if her family is to be believed.

While we are not sure if Batalia’s ex-boyfriend/stalker is an Indo-Canadian but young Indo-Canadian men and men of every community need to take a deep look in the way women are treated our male-dominated society, Punjabi in particular and the larger society as a whole.

While relationships like drugs can be toxic and lead to fatal consequences – but no woman, especially one so young and on the cusp of a bright future ahead of her, should suffer such consequences as getting shot to death. This is completely UNACCEPTABLE and we should all say that with the loudest voice we can muster.

The body of 19-year-old Maple Batalia was found about 1 a.m. near an entrance to the Surrey Central City campus of Simon Fraser University, where she was a student after she was gunned down at a university parking lot early Wednesday.

Her grieving father told the media that the death of his “only jewel” has made it difficult for him to find a reason to go on in life.

“I’ve lost everything I had,” said Harkirat Batalia in an interview with the Canadian Press.

“My life source is gone. I wished I was dead many years back so that I didn’t have to see this day. I cannot explain in any terms how to live now.”

Police said the young woman had been shot several times. She was still alive when she was found but died later in hospital.

No arrests have been made, but Harkirat Batalia said he believes the main suspect is an old schoolmate.

Earlier he told CKNW radio that he lost his daughter to “an idiot with a gun,” and that Maple had “complained to her mom about the behaviour of this boy.”

Harkirat Batalia said Maple, the youngest of three children, dreamed of becoming a doctor. She was born near Mumbai, India, and was only six months old when the family moved to Canada.

“We’re in a very bad shape, totally, totally upset, and I don’t know what is my future after she is gone,” said the stunned father.

“She was the most intelligent, sweet soft-spoken person in all our generations.”

The Batalia home was packed with mourners offering their condolences Wednesday night.

Phil Ackerman, president of L2 Models in Vancouver, the agency that represented Maple, said he was shocked to hear about the killing.

“She was a lovely, absolutely lovely person, an amazing person. It’s just so hard to believe,” he said.

“She was extremely articulate, extremely intelligent, extremely focused. She was aspiring to be a doctor, that’s what she wanted to be. She was dedicated to her studies and was a really strong actor.”

Ackerman said at five and a half feet, Maple wasn’t a runway model, but did promotional work, representing various clients at trade shows.

Harkirat Batalia said his daughter used modelling and acting to help pay for her education. She had a small role in the movie “Diary of Wimpy Kid.”

The family said Maple will be cremated, after which they will hold a prayer service at a Sikh temple where a priest will recite passages from a holy book and pray for her soul.

Maple Batalia was also an aspiring actress who appeared in 2011’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules. She was also a top-12 finalist in Central City Shopping Centre’s 2011 Model Search, the finale of which is scheduled for this Saturday (Oct. 1). The organizers postponed the event due to her death.

A vigil was held for the young beauty at SFU on Friday night.

With Files Courtesy of Canadian Press

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