Maple Batalia gunned down at SFU: Father suspects 'unrequited love' to be cause
B.C. lost another young woman to violence, this time on a university campus. Maple Batalia, a 19-year-old actress, was found at about 1 a.m. with several gunshot wounds near an entrance to the Surrey Central City campus of Simon Fraser University, where she was studying.
Although she was alive at the time she was found, Batalia later died from her injuries.
The suspect has yet to be identified, but the family suspects it was a male schoolmate who had unreciprocated feelings toward her.
"I've lost everything I had,'' said her father, Harkirat Batalia in an interview with the Canadian Press. "We're in a very bad shape, totally, totally upset, and I don't know what is my future after she is gone...She was the most intelligent, sweet soft-spoken person in all our generations.''
Harikat Batalia said that Maple had previously complained about the boy's bahavior and started ignoring him after she began to suspect that he had "dirty money coming in" through illicit activities, according to the Vancouver Sun.
At just over five feet tall, Maple Batalia was not pursuing a career as a runway model, but was a budding actress who had a small role in Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
Former schoolmates of Maple expressed their grief on social media. On Tumblr, a female schoolmate wrote:
The family said Maple will be cremated, after which they will hold a prayer service at a Sikh temple.