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Marrisa Shen's Murder Was Random, B.C. Police Say

There are still no suspects.

07/26/2017 18:04 EDT | Updated 07/26/2017 19:35 EDT

BURNABY, B.C. — The homicide of a 13-year-old girl found dead in a suburban Vancouver park involved a random attack, police say.

Cpl. Meghan Foster of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team said Wednesday there are no suspects in the death of Marrisa Shen.

Her body was discovered in some brush at Central Park in Burnaby on July 19.

Police have not revealed how the teen died, but Foster said no other acts of violence have been linked to the case.

Shen was to start high school in the fall.

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Cpl. Meghan Foster, of the Integrated Homicide Investigations Team, RCMP Insp. Sanjaya Wijayakoon, and Insp. Kathy Hartwig listen during an RCMP news conference about the discovery of the body of Marrisa Shen, 13, in Burnaby, B.C., on July 19, 2017.

Few details about her death have been released, but police have said the girl was spotted around 6 p.m. on July 18, when she was recorded on surveillance video leaving an apartment building.

Shen's family has been devastated by her sudden death, Foster said.

"The family is in pain. They're suffering the loss of their daughter, their sister. And they're learning to cope in these hard times.''

This incident has shaken us all.RCMP Supt. Chuck McDonald

The case has been a "crushing blow'' to the entire community, said RCMP Supt. Chuck McDonald.

"It is very difficult to make sense of,'' he said. "As a parent of two daughters I cannot begin to imagine the impact and the terrible toll this has had on Marrisa's family. This incident has shaken us all.''

Police have been patrolling Central Park on bicycles and on foot since Shen's body was found and residents are being asked to stay vigilant about their personal safety, McDonald said.

Officers have received a number of tips but are still looking for any photos or video taken in the park between 6 p.m. on July 18 and 1 a.m. the following morning.

People may think their photos, videos or other information is insignificant, but anything could be important to the investigation, Foster said.

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