On July 22, at about 9:30 p.m., emergency services were called to an apartment building near 200th Street and 68th Avenue in Langley, where they found seven-year-old Aaliyah Rosa deceased. Aaliyah’s death was deemed a homicide and the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) took conduct of the case.
Investigators quickly determined that this was an isolated incident and there was no risk to public safety.
IHIT and its partners collected and compiled all the evidence for charge approval consideration to Crown Counsel. An extensive neighbourhood canvass was undertaken and numerous interviews were conducted.
On August 17, Aaliyah’s 36-year-old mother, Kerryann Lewis, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder for her death.
“This was a tragic case that shocked the community,” said IHIT Cpl. Frank Jang. “Our deepest condolences go out to the family of Aaliyah Rosa and we hope that we were able to provide some answers to her family.”
Anyone with information, who have yet to come forward to police, is asked to call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or email IHIT at firstname.lastname@example.org
Should you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).