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Ex-boyfriend charged with assaulting slain teen

Gurjinder Dhaliwal, 19, leaves Surrey Provincial Court Monday after being charged with two counts of assault. - CTV News
Gurjinder Dhaliwal, 19, leaves Surrey Provincial Court Monday after being charged with two counts of assault.
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The former boyfriend of Maple Batalia has been charged with assaulting her a few days before she was murdered.

Batalia, a 19-year-old Simon Fraser University student, was shot several times on Sept. 28 at the Central City parkade near the university.

Her former boyfriend, Gurjinder (Gary) Dhaliwal, turned himself in on Monday to face charges for allegedly assaulting two people at Tim Hortons at 96 Avenue and King George Boulevard on Sept. 24

One of those allegedly attacked was Batalia, who changed her Facebook status to "single" the following day.

The other person, a 19-year-old male, cannot be identified by a court order.

None of the allegations have been proven in court.

CTV News is reporting two vehicles were towed from Dhaliwal's residence Wednesday, the same day he was arrested and then released after administrators at Fleetwood Park Secondary received a threatening phone call.

Police have yet to make an arrest in the Batalia murder, but the spokesperson for the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team tweeted last week that the person who turned themselves in for the assault is not a suspect.

Police have 50 officers working on the case.

A service will be held for Batalia this weekend in Delta. She will be memorialized Saturday at 11 a.m. at Riverside Funeral Home and Crematorium, 7410 Hopcott Rd. in Delta.

The public is welcome to attend the service.

@diakiw

~with files from CTV News

 

 

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