Peel Regional Police issued an amber alert after 11-year-old Riya Rajkumar went missing last night. The girl was found dead after getting abducted by her father, Roopesh Rajkumar. Flowers and toys are now being laid outside of the Brampton home where Riya Rajkumar was found dead this morning.
The police have charged her father, Roopesh Rajkumar, with first-degree murder today. He was arrested by Peel Regional Police officers after his daughter's body was found in a Brampton apartment. The father was found by the police through someone responding to the amber alert with a tip that they saw a silver Honda Civic, the car of the suspect in the warning.
People are now laying flowers and toys outside of the Brampton apartment where the 11-year-old girl was found dead. A memorial table has also been set up at her school's library, according to CP24. CityNews reported that a 12-year-old boy came to the Brampton apartment to lay flowers and toys for her. He told CityNews that he took swimming lessons with Riya Rajkumar and said that she was "really nice".
Check out a video of the flowers and toys he laid outside the Brampton home below.
A 12-year-old boy who came to lay flowers outside the Brampton home where Riya Rajkumar's body was found says he took swimming lessons with her, says the 11-year-old girl was “really nice” https://t.co/YD0NdQdNyQ pic.twitter.com/n4hqBW9ADd— CityNews Toronto (@CityNews) February 15, 2019
The city of Brampton is also remembering Riya today. The city announced that all of their facility flags are flying at half-mast in memory of Riya Rajkumar.
"The half-masting of national, provincial and municipal flags is a protocol whereby honour and respect is demonstrated by the City of Brampton," the city officials announced on their website. "The act of half-masting is a dramatic visual statement, which reflects the collective sorrow and mourning of the public."
As a sign of Brampton’s collective mourning, all City of Brampton facility flags are flying at half-mast in memory of Riya Rajkumar. https://t.co/Pnmd2RaEPT— City of Brampton (@CityBrampton) February 15, 2019
11-year-old Riya was reportedly abducted by her father when he was supposed to be taking her out to celebrate her birthday. Her mother has the same birthday as Riya, and the two were expected to celebrate a joint birthday together but the 11-year-old girl never returned home.
Riya's father, Roopesh Rajkumar, currently remains in police custody. After he was arrested for his daughter's murder, he was brought to the hospital by the police because of a medical concern. Later on, he was transferred to a trauma centre.
Riya was a Grade 5 student at the Meadowvale Village Public School in Mississauga. The principal, Stacy Service, sent out a message to the school in light of her death and said that Rajkumar was a "well-liked student" and her loss is "deeply felt by everyone at the school", according to CP24. She also wrote that "even students who did not personally know Riya will also be affected by this tragedy".