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Dark Poutine podcast recap: The murder of Reena Virk

Reena Virk, was killed when she was 14 years old. Her body was found in the Gorge under the Craigflower bridge in Victoria, B.C., on Nov. 22, 1997.
Reena Virk, was killed when she was 14 years old. Her body was found in the Gorge under the Craigflower bridge in Victoria, B.C., on Nov. 22, 1997. Global News File

On this week’s episode of the Dark Poutine podcast, we look at the murder of Reena Virk.

The troubled 14-year-old had been missing for a week when her battered, semi-nude body was plucked from the water in the Gorge under the Craigflower bridge in Victoria, B.C., on Nov. 22, 1997.

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READ MORE: Timeline: Reena Virk murder and the trials of Kelly Ellard

Reena had initially been lured to a spot by friends, then swarmed and savagely beaten by a group of eight youths, that consisted mostly of girls between 14 and 16.

After staggering away, Reena was followed by a male and female who further beat her and then murdered her to “keep her quiet.”

A story of “bad girls” bullying, racism and murder emerged, shocking the nation. The quest for justice for Reena was not a straight nor easy path.

Kelly Ellard and Warren Glowatski were found guilty of second-degree murder in the killing.

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Research: Rebecca McNall

Disclaimer read by: Tyler Allen of The Minds of Madness Podcast

Sources:
Reena: A Father’s Story by Manjit Virk
Under the Bridge by Rebecca Godfrey
VICE article on Reena Virk
Court Documents about the Reena Virk murder
GLOBAL NEWS: Timeline: Reena Virk murder and the trials of Kelly Ellard
GLOBAL NEWS: Mother of murdered B.C. teen Reena Virk dies in ‘tragic accident’
GLOBAL NEWS: Reena Virk’s killer Kelly Ellard gets new extension on day parole
Wikipedia Article on Reena Virk

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