Second-degree murder charge laid against boyfriend of Bhavkiran Dhesi

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      The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team continues investigating the killing of a 19-year-old Surrey woman even after announcing that a charge has been laid against her former boyfriend.

      Harjot Singh Deo, 21, faces one count of second-degree murder in the death of Bhavkiran ("Kiran") Dhesi on August 2, 2017.

      Her body was found in a burned-out vehicle in the 18700 block of 24 Avenue in Surrey.

      Deo was arrested on May 10.

      “IHIT investigators worked tirelessly since August of 2017 to gather sufficient evidence to support criminal charges,” IHIT Supt. Donna Richardson said in a news release. “This was a complex investigation with considerable contributions made by IHIT’s policing partners and is yet another example of the positive outcomes made when IHIT and its partners work cohesively towards a common goal.”

      Surrey RCMP's commanding officer, Assistant Commissioner Dwayne McDonald, described Dhesi as "a strong woman with a promising future ahead of her".

      "At her young age, she had already persevered through challenges and adversity in her life," McDonald added. "Miss Dhesi’s loss will continue to be felt by her family and friends as well as our community. . I hope that there can be some comfort in knowing that a suspect has now been charged."

      IHIT investigators believe there are people in the community with important information who have not yet coming forward. They're being urged to phone 1-877=551-4448 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) if they want to remain anonymous.

      People with information can also email IHIT at