The community has been reeling over the loss of 11-year-old Riya Rajkumar in a tragic incident Thursday.

Riya was the subject of an Amber Alert on Thursday night that ended in tragedy when her body was found in Brampton inside her father’s home. Roopesh Rajkumar is now facing a first-degree murder charge in her death.

The vigil is being organized by members of Brampton City Council. Rowena Santos (Councillor, Ward 1-5) says it’s an opportunity for the community to come together.

“It’s important for all of us as a city to mourn together and to send our condolences sympathy and love to the family and loved ones of Ria,” says Santos. “This is a very tragic time for us and we are hopeful that our city will come together in support of the family.”

The vigil is happening on Tuesday, February 19 in Garden Square (Queen St and Main St) starting at 5:45 p.m.

“My thoughts are with the Rajkumar family and friends. I know our community will provide support to this family. All City of Brampton facilities will lower their flags to half mast in honour of Riya,” said Mayor Patrick Brown in a statement.

Another vigil is happening in Mississauga on Saturday, February 16 at Meadowvale Village Green just down the street from Meadowvale Village Public School Riya attended.

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