ON August 2, 2017, at around 12:20 a.m., the body of 19-year-old Bhavkiran Dhesi was found inside a burning vehicle in the 18700-block of 24th Avenue in Surrey. Bhavkiran’s death was deemed a homicide and the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) took conduct of the case.
IHIT says it continues to actively investigate Bhavkiran’s murder and is seeking public assistance for information regarding two vehicles believed to be involved in the homicide – a dark grey Audi Q7 and a dark grey Dodge Ram truck. Investigators would like to speak with anyone with information about these two vehicles.
According to an appeal made by police through CrimeStoppers in October, Dhesi was a student at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. She was described as one of the best friends anybody could ask for.
On August 2, 2017, when police arrived at the scene of the burning vehicle, the fire department had already extinguished the flames. Inside the vehicle was a deceased female that had sustained injuries consistent with homicide.
Dhesi was last seen leaving the family home, with the family car, at 9 p.m. on August 1, 2017, a mere three hours prior to the car fire.
While, Kiran was not known to the police, investigators believe that this was not a random act.
Although, police executed a warrant to a home in Newton shortly after the discovery of Kiran’s body; so far, no arrests have been made and the case remains active.
Some facts that emerged from the police press briefing back in August 2017:
* She was going to meet some friends.
* Police were speaking with persons of interest. Persons of interest are basically anyone that police believe has information that can further their investigation.
* Police couldn’t speak of the nature of the association in which the persons of interest are.
* Police could not speak about where they believe the initial crime scene was.
Meanwhile, at a press conference on Wednesday, Bhavkiran’s family appealed for the public’s help to find those responsible for her murder.
Public plea from Bhavkiran’s sister Anjali Dhesi:
My name is Anjali Dhesi and I am Kiran’s younger sister. Sixteen months ago, on August 2, 2017, Kiran was taken away from my family and I at the young age of 19. Since her murder, we’ve been struggling to accept the fact that we can never see her sweet face again. Our broken hearts will never heal, and we have no answers as to why this happened to her.
Kiran made our family whole and gave our lives meaning. We remember her not only as a daughter and a sister, but as a survivor. Kiran had suffered for five long years with an autoimmune disease known as GPA. She went through years of dialysis, numerous surgeries, and complications, but she was so strong and determined to fight. She wanted to live more than anything in the world. Kiran received a kidney transplant six months before her life was taken, and at the time, it seemed like everything was finally going to be okay. She cried tears of joy. My sister had the brightest smile and the purest heart no matter what she was going through.
Her fight ended because someone selfishly decided she didn’t deserve a chance at life. Had she been alive, she would be 21 years old, finishing her degree in criminology and impacting the lives of every person she met. My sister was my best friend and I don’t know how to be myself without her. She didn’t deserve this but she deserves justice. No parent or sibling should ever have to experience this everlasting heartache.
If you have any information regarding Kiran’s death no matter how small or irrelevant you may think it is, I’m pleading to you as someone who has lost their sister and friend to please come forward. Don’t hesitate to contact IHIT or Crime Stoppers if you wish to remain anonymous. Any piece of information is important. Help us fight for her because she’s no longer here to do it herself.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the IHIT Information Line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Should you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or www.solvecrime.ca