Child Beating

Father says victim of fatal sword attack in Vancouver, 19, was ‘a good kid’

Published: January 30, 2013
Manraj Akalirai

More than one hundred people gather on Elgin Street for a candlelight vigil Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013 in Vancouver, B.C. to remember 19-year-old Manraj Akalirai, who died after a swarming attack Jan. 23. Ian Lindsay/PNG

LARISSA CAHUTE
VANCOUVER DESI

Ranjit Akalirai is pleading for answers following his only son’s brutal slaying last week.

“I tried to ask the questions to the police and they just wouldn’t answer,” Akalirai said.

The last time his 19-year-old boy, Manraj, spoke to family was just after 10 p.m. Jan. 23 — on his way to pick up his mother from a late shift at work.

But he never made it.

Manraj was killed that night by a group of men in a swarming and sword attack near the intersection of 47th Avenue and Elgin Street — about five minutes from the family home.

Vancouver police initially said Manraj was “known” to them – but his family insists he had no criminal ties.

“He was a good kid,” Akalirai told Vancouver Desi from his East Vancouver home on Tuesday, his wife and daughter nearby.

“Just because he’s Indo-Canadian there’s a bunch of stereotypes,” his eldest daughter Aman said. “He had a bigger heart than all of us … He didn’t deserve this.”

According to Akalirai, Manraj has no criminal record — only a couple of speeding tickets.

But last October, Manraj was stabbed as he tried to protect his friend while breaking up a fight, he said.

“He had nothing to do with it,” he added.

But now he’s left asking whether this has any tie to his son’s fate: “Was he targeted?” he asked.

On Tuesday — nearly a week since the attack — it was difficult for Akalirai to speak about his beloved son with whom he spent most of his time.

Dressed in casual black clothing and a baseball cap, Akalirai’s eyes were downcast and sombre as he greeted friends, family and community members into his home. The doorbell would ring and people would flood in, exchange words, shake his hand or embrace, then join the others in the solemn home.

“(It’s the) worst thing of my life,” Akalirai said.

He recalled their love for antique cars — how on a “sunny day” they’d take a collector car out for a drive.

Manraj was busy, dividing his time between Langara College, where he was studying criminology hoping to become a police officer, his job at Rona, the Sikh temple on Joy Street, where he went for mass and to volunteer, and daily visits to Fitness World, where his father would often join him for a workout.

“We did mostly everything together,” he said. “He’s so close to me.”

He also spoke highly of a friendship Manraj developed with a disabled boy at school.

“He left him his number — he was kind. These young kids they make jokes at these people … they call him names,” said Akalirai. “But (Manraj) was kind.”

Criminal charges are yet to be laid in the case and the investigation is ongoing, VPD spokesman Randy Fincham said Wednesday.

Five people of interest were initially brought in for questioning, but have since been released. Fincham would not elaborate on how Manraj was “known to police.”

“He’s been good all his life and now the cops give him a bad name in the end,” said Akalirai. “It hurts.”

On Wednesday evening, about 100 people gathered in memorial on a dew-covered front lawn on Elgin Street – near the scene of Manraj’s murder – spilling onto the sidewalk and even between parked cars.

“I shouldn’t have to be doing this for my little cousin,” Rick Sidhu, 24, said softly as he began the candlelight vigil, surrounded by dozens of Manraj’s peers and friends.

“He was beyond his years in how humble he was and the positive attitude he brought to everything,” Sidhu told Vancouver Desi. “The amount of people here shows how many people truly did love him and care of his kind demeanor.

“He’s affected a lot of people.”

— with a file from Stephanie Ip

Tags: ,

Plus Size Models




Featured

Water is distributed to Nepalese people at a camp set up in the wake of a devastating earthquake in Kathmandu on April 28, 2015. PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images

Nepal Quake: Choppers ferry injured from villages, 250 feared missing in mudslide

Nepal Quake ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 43 KATHMANDU, NEPAL – APRIL 25: Emergency workers and bystanders clear debris while searching for survivors…
Continue Reading »

royal baby

Prince William and Duchess Catherine send breakfast to fans waiting outside the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital

BANG SHOWBIZ When the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge saw photos of royal fans camping outside the London hospital, all excitedly waiting for their baby…
Continue Reading »

BC-gangs-safe-house

Highrise suite in Surrey launching pad for criminal activities, Crown alleges

KEITH FRASER VANCOUVER DESI A Vancouver man who was arrested after a large cache of firearms was seized from a Surrey apartment was using the…
Continue Reading »

LOCAL NEWS

BC-gangs-safe-house

Highrise suite in Surrey launching pad for criminal activities, Crown alleges

KEITH FRASER VANCOUVER DESI A Vancouver man who was arrested after a large cache of firearms was seized from a Surrey apartment was using the…
Continue Reading »

BCSC-FRAUD-SECURITIES

‘No merit, no proof,’ says Vancouver man facing fraud accusations

DAN FUMANO VANCOUVER DESI A Vancouver man accused of fraud in both criminal court and a securities commission hearing says the case has “no merit”…
Continue Reading »

Canadian stranded in Nepal says Ottawa not doing enough to bring citizens home

By Paola Loriggio THE CANADIAN PRESS Canada is sending more relief supplies to earthquake-stricken Nepal, promising to match donations to a fund specifically set up…
Continue Reading »

Don't Miss...

wedding wonderland-Vancouver Desi

The Jago!

KIM TREHAN VANCOUVER DESI Hi lovelies, It’s time again to tackle the “traditions” series of Indian weddings.  I must firstly apologize for taking a long…
Continue Reading »

Miss World Canada-Surrey

Lawsuit pits Miss World Canada contestant against pageant organizer

GORDON MCINTYRE AND NICK EAGLAND VANCOUVER DESI It’s the type of suit you wouldn’t expect to see a bathing beauty in. Tamara Jemuovic, a drop-dead…
Continue Reading »

couples-sex-desi boobs

Can yoga really give you an orgasm? Well, let’s just call it a yogasm!

MAXINE FRITH THE DAILY TELEGRAPH So, can yoga really give you an orgasm? Besides improving your flexibility, the ancient practice apparently has another, rather unexpected,…
Continue Reading »

PARENTS-VIOLENCE

Video shows a mom beating school staff after her daughter was stopped from carrying cellphone

HINDUSTAN TIMES A woman allegedly beat up the director of a school in Jalandhar after her daughter was stopped from carrying a mobile phone…
Continue Reading »

fetish-desi sex-school girl-viral video

Video shows a young girl being brutally beaten with a stick, kicked by her father

VANCOUVER DESI A viral video of a father brutally beating up a young girl will make you shiver with anger and disgust, and want to…
Continue Reading »


Bollywood Latest

sex video

Badlapur actress Radhika Apte’s nude images leaked online

Radhika Apte ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 17 Facebook Photo HINDUSTAN TIMES Actor Radhike Apte, who starred in films like Hunterr and Badlapur,…
Continue Reading »

Manisha Koirala

Nepali actress Manisha Koirala says check accountability, then donate for quake relief

IANS Mumbai – Manisha Koirala, who has roots in Nepal, is saddened by the machinations of some people who are trying to make money by…
Continue Reading »

Bollywood

Bollywood bachelor Ranbir Kapoor: I am in love but no wedding plans right now

IANS Mumbai – Actor Ranbir Kapoor, who is in news for his relationship with actress Katrina Kaif, confesses that he is in love but there…
Continue Reading »