WARMINGTON: 2 now in jail for Sangita Sharma slaying — more to come?

23-year-old Malik Essue was arrested in Fort McMurray, Alta. in connection with 2020 slaying of innocent Brampton woman

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It started as a real whodunnit murder case.

On Aug. 13, 2020 you had a female victim found shot in her Brampton garage by her returning-home-from-work husband, who called for emergency medical assistance.

It did not help. It was too late.

Sangita Sharma, the wife of Hindu Sabha Temple head priest Abhay Shastri, was pronounced dead in hospital from a single gunshot.

Sangita Sharma
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Neighbours noted two men fleeing the scene quickly in a black sedan.

That’s when the hunt began — not just for the killers, but for the motive.

Peel Regional Police Chief Nish Duraiappah vowed his investigators would track down all of those involved.

On June 4, Peel Homicide tracked down 19-year-old London Ontario resident Fiseha Girmay Habtegabir and charged him with first-degree murder.

In less than a year they had their man — but this was just the beginning of this bizarre and ugly case.

The chief had a message for her killers.

Fiseha Girmay Habtegabir, 19, of London, Ont.
Fiseha Girmay Habtegabir, 19, of London, Ont.

“While we are pleased to share that this arrest has been made, we believe there are others responsible for her death,” declared Duraiappah.

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“We are committed to ensuring they do not escape that responsibility.”

Twenty days after the chief’s strong words came Thursday’s scene at Pearson airport.

Disembarking a flight from Alberta, escorted by officers, was a second suspect caught in this disturbing slaying of the innocent, 56-year-old woman shot to death in the garage of her Treeline Blvd. home.

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Good to the chief’s word, detectives located this suspect near Fort McMurray, and with assistance from the Wood Buffalo RCMP detachment grabbed 23-year-old Malik Essue, to be charged alongside Habtegabir for first-degree murder.

Essue, who was escorted through the airport late Thursday night in handcuffs and leg irons, will appear in court Friday.

Two down. More to go? Police are still working hard on this.

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“Sangita Sharma’s death was the tragic outcome of a callous act of violence,” said Duraiappah.

“It carried deep impacts on her loved ones and our community.”

Her friends and co-workers raved about the special person Sangita was.

It’s sick how she could end up being murdered when she had no involvement in anything criminal and had no association with these accused.

It is good that justice is being pursued in her memory. These arrests are a step toward that.

However, none of this will bring back this wonderful woman who once owned the pharmacy she kept working in because she loved her regulars so much.

Police are tight-lipped on this case. What is known is the investigation continues to determine what is it was about this woman that would lead these two men from London to drive to Brampton to allegedly target?

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Peel Police are not commenting further, but what is known is it is believed the suspects, who did not know the victim, were allegedly specifically targeting this home.

But as the chief has indicated there are “others” they believed were allegedly involved.

Meanwhile, as he was taken to the police car Thursday night, Essue attempted to cover his face from being photographed.

He will, however, be given a mugshot before facing the court for his first appearance on the first-degree murder charge in the slaying of much-loved Sangita Sharma.

But the question now — is this still a whodunit case, and will police have more arrests in the future?

Stay tuned.

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