KARIM Meskine, 19, the victim of a December 17 assault in New Westminster died on December 20 as a result of the injuries he suffered when a 16-year-old suspect tried to rob him.

“Karim was the innocent victim of an unprovoked attack and was found unconscious by a passerby who called 9-1-1 for help. Karim’s family are devastated by this incident and are at a loss for words. This is one of the saddest cases I have been a part of all these years at IHIT,” said Sgt. Bari Emam of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team.

The suspect had earlier been charged with aggravated assault and assault with a weapon yesterday.

Tunde Alatise, a family friend said Karim was the eldest of four children. A trust fund for Karim has been set up through TD Canada: branch number 9028, account number 6083916.