Documentary about Maple Batalia being screened this weekend

SURREY (NEWS 1130) – It’s been more than six years since a young woman was shot to death in the parking lot of SFU’s Surrey campus. The killing of Maple Batalia not only shocked the community but is now serving as the inspiration behind a new documentary about her, which is being shown at the campus this weekend.

It’s called “Remembering Maple” and it features interviews with her family and friends who read out emotional victim impact statements during court proceedings.

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Batalia’s ex-boyfriend Gurjinder “Gary” Dhaliwal admitted in court to shooting the then-19-year-old five times and slashing her with a knife. He was later sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 21 years. Gursimar Bedi pleaded guilty to being an accessory — he was released from prison last month.

The film’s director, Jasleen Kaur, describes why the case still resonates with so many people. “The really gory way she was murdered, like everyone was really shocked by how someone could be this horrible. I think it was a lot of the shock value and also how could someone so incredible be taken from the world at such a young age.”

This weekend, Maple Batalia would have turned 26.

Part of the proceeds from the event this weekend will go to the Maple Batalia Memorial Bursary in Health Sciences.

The film is being screen on Mar. 4. The doors open at 11:45 a.m. and the event begins at 12 p.m.

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