Locals are planning multiple memorial events in the community where 11-year-old Riya Rajkumar was found dead hours after an Amber Alert was issued regarding her disappearance.
Her father, 41-year-old Roopesh Rajkumar, was taken into police custody on suspicion of murdering the girl, but was transported to an area trauma center from the scene for treatment of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound, as previously reported by CrimeOnline.
According to the Toronto Star, one candlelight vigil was scheduled for Saturday evening at a park in Mississauga, Ontario in Canada.
One organizer spread the event on social media and identified herself as a close friend of the girl’s mother.
“There are so many people who have been hurting from this angel’s loss, and no one needs our prayer and love more than Riya’s family at this time,” Amrita Naipual wrote.
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Love knows no religion or bounds. Candlelight vigil will be held for Riya Rajkumar tomorrow night 6pm at Meadowvale Village Green park 985 Old Derry Rd, Mississauga L5W 1A1. Please arrive a few minutes before if you can and bring any candles you may have. Contact me for more info and please pass it along. There are so many people who have been hurting from this angels loss, and no one needs our prayer and love more than Riya’s family at this time. Please stand with me tomorrow. 💜 #RiyaRajkumar #JusticeForRiya #RipRiya
Meadowvale Village Green Park is located near Meadowvale Village Public School, where Riya attended fifth grade.
Three days after that, another vigil has been planned for Garden Square in Brampton. That gathering is being organized by Regional Councillor Rowena Santos, who represents wards 1 and 5, and will be held Tuesday at 5:45 p.m.
In addition to the planned vigils, donors near and far are pitching in to support an online fundraiser established by Neighbourhood Watch Brampton. The effort quickly surpassed its $2,500 goal to help offset the costs of Riya’s final expenses. As of this writing, the fundraiser has collected more than $23,000.
[Featured image: Riya Rajkumar, Peel Regional Police]