Maple Ridge mother stabbed to death in Coquitlam parkade

A Maple Ridge woman has died after she was stabbed in an underground parkade in Coquitlam on Thursday.

Ramina Shah, 32, was found with stab wounds at a parkade in the 1100-block Austin Avenue at around 4:30 p.m. Thursday. Despite efforts to save her, Shah died in hospital from her injuries.

Sgt. David Lee of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team said Shah, a mother with young children, had just finished work for the day and was heading to her car when she was attacked.

Shah worked as a realtor with Team Zubor with Stonehaus Realty Corp., whose offices are in the same block as the parkade.

“She was an amazing person,” said brokerage owner Sean Zubor. “Everybody is heartbroken. We will be missing her.”

In a statement, Stonehaus Realty described Shah as an outgoing, much-loved colleague who “lit up a room.”

“She was dedicated to starting her new career in real estate while at the same time being an amazing mom to three young children,” said the statement, attributed to management. “Our hearts are broken by this tragedy and our prayers and thoughts are with her family and kids.”

Based on information about Shah and evidence obtained at the scene, investigators believe the attack was an isolated incident and not random. There is no risk to the public, said Lee. No one is in custody.

While there were witnesses to the incident, which occurred at the end of the work day in a public parkade, Lee said investigators want to talk to more people who may have been in the area at the time, either at the parkade or on Austin Avenue, as well as with friends and associates of Shah.

Anyone with information or who was in the area that day from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. or has dash cam footage is asked to contact IHIT at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email to ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

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