Only three weeks ago, on Valentine’s Day, Riya Rajkumar was celebrating her 11th birthday in Peel Region. It is a time in the life of a young girl when they still hold on to childhood fairytales and see only the goodness in people. Sadly, for Riya, it would be her last day in this world as she suffered a horrible fate that continues to grip many parents in the city.
Peel Police continues to investigate. Many officers have told us how this murder has also affected them personally. As a community, we want to remember Riya’s innocence, rather than sort out what transpired or try to understand the actions of her father.
Riya inspired many in the community. She was remember through public vigils in Mississauga and Brampton, and with tokens of sympathy left by many who never knew her. As a community, over 1320 people from across Canada donated at the request of our Neighbourhood Watch Brampton family. The number of people that contributed and left messages of support far outshines the number of complaints and calls to 911 about the late night Amber alert that was issued across Ontario. A touching tribute was left by one of Riya’s classmates on the donor wall:
“I will miss u. All of your friends will miss u. I had fun with you. You will always be remembered. RIP Riya”
Earlier this week, Nikki Cedrone with the assistance of Peel Police met with Riya’s mom. Nikki presented a cheque for $40,650 on behalf of all donors as a gesture to help provide financial relief. We share her grief and are thankful for the incredible outpouring of support.
Thank you Brampton. Thank you Mississauga. Thank you Canada.