Update: Mom gunned down in Surrey shooting, child escapes death!
Barry Artiste Op/Ed Update to this story at the end of this story.
News of a woman gunned down today in the Drug ridden Walley Section of Surrey, BC, were further horrified that her 4 year old boy was in the back seat of the car traumatized. Many speculate the relationship between the two, but many safely assume the dead woman to be the mother. Outrage among citizens call for action against what many say is rhetoric by an inactive justice system. Many are calling for the Attorney General Wally Oppals Resignation and a revamp of our lacklustre justice system.
One should be reminded though, tragic as it is, the current state of affairs has been going on for close to a decade, A decade of voters who time and time again votes for testicular deficient politicians, whose only goal it seems is collecting a hefty paycheque for little work. A society where complacency seems to be the norm, until it personally affects those directly.
This society has been given to uprising and protests when governments talk of getting tough on crime, resulting in politicians listening to the masses, despite their convictions and better judgement.
If citizens of BC want change, then you have to put your signature where your mouth is, as it seems lives speak louder than your vocal protests which go unheard.
There will be an election in the spring, so canvass your political candidate to publicly state serious time for serious crimes, and no bartering for jail sentences. Failure to do so will have us revisit this scenario for the next decade to come.
Time for society and the courts to stop hugging the criminal and put them where they belong, either 6 feet under or life in prison.
The victim was caught in a hail of bullets in the 96th Street and 148th area of Surrey, which left the 4-year-old boy apparently traumatized, but otherwise unharmed.
Just after 11:00 a.m. Monday, CTV Chopper 9 captured video of a white Cadillac sedan covered in a yellow tarpaulin, and parked on the sidewalk.
Police have confirmed the victim is a woman and a four-year-old boy was sitting in the back of the car at the time of the shooting.
RCMP Cpl. Dale Carr of the Integrated Homicide Team (IHIT) said he was "amazed" that the boy was unharmed. "He seems to be doing just fine," he said.
Update Feb 17, 2009
Many thanks to Geekmusic for providing the link and update to this story!
Police identify White Rock mother killed in Surrey shooting
RCMP have identified the woman shot dead while driving through a Surrey, B.C., intersection on Monday morning. Nicole Marie Alemy, 23, of White Rock was shot at the wheel of her husband's Cadillac, Cpl. Dale Carr of the RCMP said Tuesday. Carr also confirmed Alemy was the mother of a four-year-old boy in the back seat of the car, but he survived the shooting. Police have not identified Alemy's husband, but CBC has learned he is Koshan Alemy. Koshan Alemy was arrested with another man in Coquitlam in 2007 and charged with numerous firearms offences, including possession of a restricted weapon and possession of a weapon with an altered serial number. The charges were later dropped, and there is no indication that the shooting death of Nicole Alemy and her husband's arrest were related.
Update Feb 18, 2009
Young mother shot to death had links to gang
By Kim Bolan and Lori Culbert, Vancouver Sun
METRO VANCOUVER — Nicole Marie Alemy, a young mother shot to death Monday in Surrey, had several gang links, The Vancouver Sun has learned.
The links include a connection with the UN gang — a violent drug gang based in the Fraser Valley. She was also a friend of Raphael Baldini, gunned down in a Guildford Town Centre parking lot Feb. 3.
Alemy’s husband, Koshan, faced gun charges in Coquitlam in 2007, but those were later stayed.
Alemy herself had no criminal record. She was cited for several traffic violations for speeding, not displaying a new driver’s symbol, making an unsafe lane change and having “unauthorized tinted windows.”
Sear Anwar, Koshan’s cousin, said the 23-year-old was mostly a housewife who loved to spend time with the boy, including a regular stop for morning pancakes.
“She probably was out for breakfast and was then going home,” Anwar told The Vancouver Sun.