Member of Parliament for Brampton South, Sonia Sidhu on Tuesday remembered Riya Rajkumar at Garden Square residents gathered for a vigil.
Residents gathered at Garden Square for the vigil where several speakers remembered Riya and read poems and prayers in her honour. Across the street, the clock tower at Brampton City Hall was lit pink in honour of Riya.
Police said Riya was found dead in her father’s home near Hansen Road North and Crawford Drive in Brampton late Thursday evening after an Amber Alert was issued.
Officers said Riya was out with her father for her birthday on Thursday and was supposed to be dropped off with her mother at a predetermined time. Police said Ramdin contacted police at around 7 p.m. due to a concern about her daughter’s safety and a parental abduction investigation was launched.
The girl’s father, 41-year-old Roopesh Rajkumar, was arrested in Oro-Medonte, Ont., north of Toronto just after midnight on Friday. The arrest came shortly after a resident called police after hearing details of the accused’s vehicle through the Amber Alert.
Rajkumar has been charged with first-degree murder. Police said the accused remains in hospital after being injured from a self-inflicted gunshot wound prior to his arrest. His case is expected to be brought to court once he is medically cleared to attend. As of Tuesday, it was unclear when Rajkumar might be released from the hospital.
— Sonia Sidhu MP (@SoniaLiberal) February 19, 2019