Thursday, September 13, 2018

Syrian 'refugee' Ibrahim Ali charged in 13 year-old's murder

The death of 13-year-old Marissa Shen shocked and stunned the Lower Mainland in July 2017. Police found her dead in a Burnaby park just 90 minutes after her mother reported her missing. Ibrahim Ali, 28, has been charged with first-degree murder. Ali arrived in Canada with relatives in early 2017 as a Syrian refugee. He was sponsored by the St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church. Ali was not supposed to come to Canada. The church raised more funds than needed and extra immigrants from the family were taken on as a result. Ali was one. Family of Ali, all refugees, live close to the Tim Hortons where Shen was last seen. Police released a video showing the teen going into a Tim Hortons on McKay Avenue six hours before her body was found.