August, 2020

21 year old international students from India identified as murder-suicide victim

Surrey RCMP on November 22 reported death of two persons in the 14000-block of 102A Avenue, Surrey area as a possible murder-suicide. IHIT Constable Harrison Mohr. said that the initial indications were that this was an isolated incident with no risk to the public.  “We are not looking for any outstanding suspects, and can confirm that both persons knew each other,” Mohr added.

Following couple of days IHIT team confirmed that the murder victim was from India. “In response to media enquiries about last Friday’s #IHIT investigation in #SurreyBC, we can share with you that the homicide victim was a 21yo female from India and the 2nd deceased was a 18yo male resident of the Lower Mainland. We are not looking for further suspects.”

Although due to privacy laws, IHIT has not commented on the names of the deceased “as there is no investigative need to do so. No further information will be released at this time. We acknowledge the tragic nature of this case and our condolences go out to the affected families,” IHIT mentioned.


However based on the Indian and Canadian media reports the 21 year old female victim was identified as Prabhleen Kaur Matharu. News1130 has reported “According to Punjabi media, 21yo Prabhleen Kaur Matharu was killed at a home in Surrey this week. Her parents are in Punjab and have been notified.”

The Tribune reported that the victim, Prabhleen Kaur, a native of Chitti village near Lambra in Jalandhar, had gone to Canada for studies in 2016 and was supposed to return in January next year. The news has sent shockwaves across her village and her parents are yet to come to terms with the news.

According to reports from CBC, “The woman’s father, Gurdial Singh Matharu, confirmed that a Punjabi-speaking RCMP officer called the family to inform them of her death. Reports in Indian news media confirmed the women’s identity and the suspected homicide.”

CBC further reported that the family is now awaiting a letter confirming her homicide so they can get visas to travel to B.C. and find out what happened to her.


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