More than 300 people came together at a Sikh temple Friday afternoon to mourn the death of 43-year-old Jagtar Gill — and demand that her killer or killers be brought to justice.
The body of the mother of three was found stabbed multiple times in the living room of her Barhaven home on Jan. 29 by her 15-year-old daughter. It was Gill's 17th wedding anniversary.
Gill's niece, Raminder Hans, said she is worried about the impact on her teenage cousin.
"I just asked 'Is there anything I can do for you? Is there anything that you need?' And she goes, 'At this moment, I don't know what to feel. I don't know,'" Hans recalled. "I believe she's in shock and when everyone goes back home, to their normal lives, it's really going to kick in at the time. That relationship that you have with your mother, it's really difficult for her now, she's going to try to look for that female figure."
It's more confusing for Gill's two youngest children, who are 10 and 8, she said.
Gill's husband, Bhupinderpal, and the couple's three children can now return home, after police cleared the crime scene, but Hans said that the family plans to sell the home.
Friends remembered Gill as a woman devoted to family.
"She was a very brave girl, she was a very a hardworking girl and she has supported both her families — in-laws, parents, everybody," said Sanjogta Bhandari. "We are proud of her, whatever the life she had. She had a good life. She has three beautiful children and I hope God will give her a place at his feet."
But while tributes brought some comfort, Gill's sister said she hoped for answers from police.
"Please find out what happened to her. I just want to know who did this," said Harjinder Singh.
Police said it's still unknown whether it was a targeted or random attack. There are no suspects.
Forensic officers were at the home at 174 Brambling Way for a full week gathering evidence. Police also canvassed the neighbourhood and collected all available video from surveillance and traffic cameras near the home.