Who is Ibrahim Ali?

More details have emerged about the man accused of murdering a teenage girl in Burnaby.

The death of 13-year-old Marissa Shen shocked the community in July 2017.

Police found her dead in a park just 90 minutes after her mother reported her missing.

Ibrahim Ali, 28, has been charged with first-degree murder.

CTV reports Ali arrived in Canada with relatives in early 2017 as a Syrian refugee. He was sponsored by the St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church in Vancouver.

A church spokesperson said their hearts go out to the Shen family.

“Our prayers also to the Ali family. We know that like many refugee families, they have endured their own suffering and loss, and that this tragedy is made all the more complex by the trials they have faced.”

Ali was a permanent resident, had a job and no previous criminal record. A friend described him as a “calm, respectful and normal guy.”

Family of Ali live close by the restaurant where Shen was last seen.

Police released a video showing the teen going into a Tim Hortons on McKay Avenue six hours before her body was found.

Investigators believe Shen’s death was a random act.

- with files from CTV Vancouver.

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