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Slain teen laid to rest in South Surrey

Supporters gathered at at the Surrey-Delta Jamia Mosque on Dec. 24 for a prayer service for Karim Meskine, a Surrey teen who died after a Dec. 17 assault in New Westminster.  - Boaz Joseph / The Leader
Supporters gathered at at the Surrey-Delta Jamia Mosque on Dec. 24 for a prayer service for Karim Meskine, a Surrey teen who died after a Dec. 17 assault in New Westminster.
— image credit: Boaz Joseph / The Leader

Karim Meskine was laid to rest Tuesday, a day that included a prayer service at a Newton mosque and a burial at Victory Memorial Park in South Surrey.

On Dec. 17, at about 7:30 p.m., Meskine was on his way back from a job interview in New Westminster. He was headed to a soccer practice.

Meskine was in a public park space near the 22nd Street SkyTrain station when a 16-year-old beat Meskine into coma with a baseball bat. The motive is believed to be robbery.

The 16-year-old has been charged with second-degree murder.

Meskine spent his 19th birthday in coma, and died on Dec. 20 when he was taken off life support.

The attack, and Meskine's death, has rattled the community, creating a huge outpouring of grief at.

MemorialAt the time of his death, Meskine was the breadwinner for his family, as his dad was between jobs.

Sgt. Bari Emam, spokesperson for the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT), said the killing was an incredible tragedy.

"Karim was the innocent victim of an unprovoked attack," Emam said. "Karim’s family are devastated by this incident and are at a loss for words. This is one of the saddest cases I have been a part of all these years at IHIT."

A trust fund has been set up at TD Canada Trust in Meskine's name, and as of Tuesday, there has been about $23,000 raised.

The branch number is 9028 and the account number is 6083916. Email bank transfer: karimtrustfund@gmail.com

Organizers want to raise $100,000 to pay for the funeral service and for initiatives to raise awareness of this type of random violence.

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