Memorial marks 20 years since Reena Virk’s death, steps from tragic scene


SAANICH, B.C. — About 200 people gathered today outside a historic schoolhouse along the Gorge Waterway, just steps away from the beach where Victoria teenager Reena Virk was murdered 20 years ago.

Virk was 14 when she was swarmed by a group of teenagers and later drowned by two people who followed her after she limped away from a beating.

Education Minister Rob Fleming paid tribute to the Virk family, who turned their grief into a public campaign against bullying.

Warren Glowatski and Kelly Ellard were convicted of second-degree murder in separate trials.

Glowatski was 16 at the time of Virk’s death and has been released on parole, while Ellard, who was 15, remains in prison.

Virk’s death made international headlines for its chilling account of teenage bullying, but it also spearheaded anti-bullying campaigns.

The Canadian Press