Memorial marks 20-year anniversary of B.C. teen Reena Virk’s death

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WATCH: On the 20th anniversary of the murder that shook the nation, family and friends of 14-year-old Reena Virk gathered to mark the somber anniversary with a focus on healing. Neetu Garcha reports – Nov 15, 2017

A memorial was held in Saanich Tuesday to mark 20 years since the death of teenager Reena Virk.

The 14-year-old was swarmed, beaten and drowned in 1997. Her body was found eight days later.

“My heart is so glad to see we are not alone in enduring this tragedy,” said Manjit Virk, speaking at his daughter’s memorial this afternoon.

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Kelly Ellard has spent 15 years in prison for killing Virk.

She has been granted temporary escorted absences from prison to attend doctors’ appointments and parenting programs for her baby. She was 15 years old when she smashed Virk’s head against a tree and held her underwater until she stopped moving.

Today’s event in Saanich will focus on healing and preventing youth violence.

Education Minister Rob Fleming is expected to speak at the service, which gets underway at 12:30 p.m.

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