Three years after the murder of Maple Batalia, friends and family once again lit candles at Holland Park in honour of the slain Surrey teen.
The 19-year-old Simon Fraser University student was gunned down on Sept. 28, 2011 at a parkade after a late-night study session.
But Bataliaâ€™s parents said the candlelight vigil was not just for their daughter but also for other women who have lost their lives.
â€œWe are all united,â€ said dad Harry Batalia. â€œItâ€™s not only for Maple. Itâ€™s for all women unjustly killed. This shouldnâ€™t happen.â€
â€œItâ€™s all for the community,â€ said mom Sarbjit, who attended the larger Take Back Surrey rally earlier Sunday. â€œThatâ€™s why we light the candles.â€
Since Bataliaâ€™s murder, Surrey has been rocked by other high-profile killings, including the recent death of 17-year-old Serena Vermeersch.
Two men have been charged in Bataliaâ€™s death. Her ex-boyfriend Gurjinder â€œGaryâ€ Dhaliwal was charged with first-degree murder, while Gursimar Singh Bedi was charged with manslaughter with a firearm and accessory after the fact.
Dhaliwal remains in custody; Bedi was granted bail in January 2013. The men are expected to stand trial in B.C. Supreme Court in April.
â€œThe family wants closure and justice to be served,â€ said family friend Rina Gill. â€œThe wounds cannot heal. For them itâ€™s fresh, it doesnâ€™t seem like three years ago.â€
Harry Batalia is still haunted by what-ifs.
â€œI wish if I knew what was happening I could have moved her to England, or somewhere,â€ said Harry, who had retired from his career as a mechanic since Bataliaâ€™s death.
He called for more stringent surveillance on high-risk offenders, a stronger police presence, and for his daughterâ€™s convicted killer or killers, a life sentence with no chance of parole.
â€œThere were eight Batalias in Canada before. Now thereâ€™s seven.â€