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Karim Meskine remembered 1 year later at New Westminster vigil

12/20/2014 03:55 EST | Updated 02/19/2015 05:59 EST
Friends and family of Karim Meskine are gathering in New Westminster to remember the Surrey teen who died December 20, 2013 following a senseless and unprovoked beating.

The 19-year-old was beaten with a baseball bat just blocks from the 22nd Street Skytrain station. Meskine did not know his attacker and police at the time said it appeared the attack was the result of a botched robbery.

A 16 year old boy, is facing 2nd degree murder charges. 

Meskine's friend Tunde Alatis says the community wants to let Meskine's parents know they are not alone.

"We as a community, we want to show our support for the family during this time of grieving," he said.

"We are there to support them emotionally. We want to be there to support them...to say we remember Karim and even though it is one year, he stays in our memory and we still love him."

 Alatis said the family has had a rough year attending the accused's court dates and hearing details of the case.
 
This is a very, very tough one year for them. They have been up and down emotionally."

Meskine spent his 19th birthday in a coma before he was taken off life support, dying just five days before Christmas.

Instead of being together over the holidays, friends and family spent Christmas Eve at a Surrey mosque laying him to rest. 

The vigil of the one year anniversary of his death will take place at 5 p.m. PT Saturday near 8th Street and 23rd Avenue in New Westminster, the spot where Meskine was found unconscious following the attack.

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