Members of B.C.'s Syrian community say they are concerned the announcement of Ibrahim Ali's murder charge for the death of Marrisa Shen — and Ali's status as a former refugee — could lead to unwarranted backlash.
Police on Monday announced that Ali, 28, has been charged for killing Shen. They described him as a man with no criminal record who arrived in Canada 17 months ago as a refugee from Syria.
Those details caused concern for people like Danny Ramadan, who came to Vancouver from Syria four years ago, himself a refugee.
The acclaimed novelist and LGBTQ activist said for people in his community there is already fear of being vilified for one man's alleged crime.