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North Surrey Secondary teacher found dead

Maja Paderewska was a teacher at North Surrey Secondary School. - CBC photo
Maja Paderewska was a teacher at North Surrey Secondary School.
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A 27-year-old man is facing second-degree murder charges after the body of his sister – a Surrey school teacher – was found at a Coquitlam townhome on Sunday.

Jarek Paderewski made his first court appearance on Monday in the death of his sister, 33-year-old Maja Paderewska, who worked at North Surrey Secondary School.

The RCMP's Integrated Homicide Investigation Team said investigators are still trying to determine what led up to the incident.

"The motive is not known yet," said Sgt. Adam MacIntosh. "It is still the subject of the investigation. We are trying to find out what exactly occurred."

On Sunday, BC Ambulance and the Coquitlam Fire and Emergency Services responded to a medical distress call at a home in the 2900-block of Panorama Drive. The victim was found in the residence and an adult male was immediately taken into custody.

Neither the suspect or the victim were known to police and MacIntosh said he was unaware whether RCMP had visited the home prior to the incident.

"There is still a lot of work that has to occur," he said. "We will have to complete the collection of evidence.

The suspect is believed to have lived at the townhouse with his parents, however the victim is believed to have resided in Surrey.

Many people took to Facebook and Twitter to express their condolences for the loss.

Former North Surrey Secondary student Tanu Gill told CBC that Paderewska would often stay late at the school to mentor students.

"If you ever needed something, you could instantly go to Miss Paderewska. You know she's always there after school, during lunch and you could talk to her about anything."

Anyone with information regarding this homicide is asked to call 1-877-551-4448 or email ihittipline@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

– with files from The Tri-City News and CBC

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