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Candlelight vigils planned for girl found dead after Amber Alert

Candlelight vigils planned for girl found dead after Amber Alert
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Candlelight vigils will take place in the coming days to honour 11-year-old Riya Rajkumar, who was found dead following an Amber Alert.

The first vigil honouring her memory will be held on Saturday evening in Meadowvale Village Green park in Mississauga, Ont. at 6 p.m.

Vigil organizer Amrita Naipaul -- a close friend of Riyas mother -- posted about the gathering on Instagram . There are so many people who have been hurting from this angels loss, and no one needs our prayer and love more than Riyas family at this time.

Naipaul wrote: Love knows no religion or bounds and implores people to rally around [Riyas] loved ones in their time of need.

Brampton city councillor Rowena Santos is planning another vigil for Tuesday at the citys Garden Square. That vigil will take place between 5:45 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Peel regional police issued an Amber Alert for Riya shortly after 11 p.m. on Thursday. She was allegedly abducted by her father after he took her out for her birthday earlier that afternoon. She was Brampton home.

Following the Amber Alert, Roopesh Rajkumar car was spotted and he was apprehended by Ontario Provincial Police in Orillia, Ont. The 41 year old has since been charged with first-degree murder.

Rajkumar is currently in police custody in hospital.

Police have cordoned off the area where Riyas body was found. But just outside the building, neighbours have built a makeshift memorial with heart-shaped balloons, flowers and teddy bears.
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