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Surrey model's unsolved slaying marked by vigil

09/28/2012 10:26 EDT | Updated 11/28/2012 05:12 EST
A candlelight vigil in Surrey Friday night will mark the one-year anniversary of the unsolved slaying of 19-year-old student Maple Batalia.

The aspiring actress and model was gunned down in the early morning hours of Sept. 28, 2011, in a parking lot at Simon Fraser University's Surrey campus.

Family and friends will honour her memory with the vigil at Surrey's Holland Park.

The woman’s father, Harry Batalia, is hoping the anniversary of his daughter's death will lead to a break in the case.

"We are mainly going to request each and every soul to do something to bring about justice," Batalia told CBC News Thursday.

Police say they've received numerous tips and the investigation is active.

Ten days after the killing, investigators released video of a white Dodge Charger leaving the area after the shooting and they say they know more about the car than they’re able to reveal at this stage.

"We do have information about that charger,” said Sgt. Jennifer Pound of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team . “There are certain details about this investigation that we're going to keep close to us."

Batalia's family has also organized a documentary screening for a film in her memory at SFU's Surrey campus Friday afternoon.

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