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    The Shoreline Six

    Reena Virk

    Reena Virk (March 10, 1983 ‚?? November 14, 1997) was a resident of Saanich, British Columbia, Canada. Her bullying and murder attracted substantial media attention in Canada. Virk was first swarmed by seven females and one male. The single male and one of the females subsequently beat and murdered her. The Globe and Mail commented at the time that her case had been "elevated into a national tragedy".[1] Canadian sociologists have described the case as a watershed moment for a "moral panic" over girl violence by the Canadian public in the late 1990s.[2] Warren Glowatski was given a life sentence after being convicted of Virk's second-degree murder. The names of the six girls involved in Virk's first beating are concealed. Kelly Ellard was tried three times for murder. The verdict of her third trial, a conviction, was set aside. The crown may appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada, hold a fourth trial, or elect not to retry Ellard.
    The murder case has been the subject of an award-winning and bestselling book, Under the Bridge (2005) by Rebecca Godfrey,[3] and partly inspired a monologue play, The Shape of a Girl (2001), by Joan MacLeod.[4] and The Beckoners by Carrie Mac. The film rights for the book Under the Bridge have been purchased by Type A Productions, a film production company, for adaptation into a movie.[5]

    The victim

    Reena Virk was a girl who came from a large extended family who had emigrated from India to Canada. An article in Saturday Night described her immediate family as "a minority within a minority", as they were of the Jehovah's Witness religion in the local East Indian community of 3,000 which was predominantly Sikh.[6]
    Virk has been described as a girl who was desperate for acceptance amongst her peers, but was teased and/or ostracized by these girls whose subculture was influenced by Los Angeles street gangs.[1] At the beginning of her adolescence, Virk had become estranged from her family. She began to rebel against her immediate family and their strict religious beliefs. She began to smoke, disobey family rules and spent a few days at a group foster home where she first came into contact with the local youth gang culture to which she became attracted.[7] There also had been allegations that she may have been sexually[8] abused by her father though the charges (filed in January 1996) had been stayed in court and after leaving home for six weeks, Virk returned home.[6][9]

    The crime

    On the evening of Friday November 14, 1997, Reena Virk was invited to "party" at a location used for gatherings of teenagers near the Craigflower Bridge, which is located west of the city of Victoria, British Columbia. Virk, who had already been having difficulty fitting in with her schoolmates, decided to accept the invitation.
    While at the bridge, it is claimed that teenagers talked amongst themselves, drank, and smoked marijuana. Virk was swarmed upon by eight adolescents, seven girls and one boy. Witnesses said that one of the girls stubbed out a cigarette on Virk's forehead, and that while seven or eight others stood by and watched, Virk was repeatedly hit, punched and kicked. She was found to have several cigarette burns on her skin, and apparently attempts were made to set her hair on fire. The fight ended when one of the girls told the others to stop.
    Virk managed to walk away, but was followed by two members of the original group, Ellard and Glowatski. The pair dragged Virk to the other side of the bridge, made her remove her shoes and jacket, and beat her a second time. It is believed that Ellard forced Virk's head under the water and held it there with her foot until Virk stopped struggling.
    Despite an alleged pact amongst the people involved not to "rat each other out", by the following Monday, rumors of the alleged murder spread throughout Shoreline Secondary School, where Virk was a student. Several students and teachers had heard the rumors, but no one came forward to report it to the police. The rumors were confirmed eight days later, on November 22, 1997, when police divers found Virk's partially clothed body washed ashore at the Gorge Inlet, a major waterway on Vancouver Island.
    The coroner ruled the death was by drowning. However, an autopsy later revealed that Virk had sustained several fractures, and that the head injuries were severe enough to have killed her if she had not been drowned. Virk was 14 years old at the time of her death.
    Perpetrators

    It is known and admitted that Virk was first beaten by Warren Glowatski, Kelly Ellard, and six other girls. The six are collectively known as the Shoreline Six. Per the Youth Criminal Justice Act and the Young Offenders Act all individual names are not reported due to their ages when the crime was committed. Five of these young women are referred to court documents as N.C., N.P., M.G.P., C.A.K. and G.O. The beating began after N.C. stubbed a lit cigarette into Reena Virk‚??s forehead. Prior to the beating M.G.P. had asked at least one other person to help her assault Virk. G.O. died of illness after Ellard's first trial. Ellard, in some documents called K.M.E., is the step-daughter of former prominent soccer player George Pakos.


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    Possible motives

    "Under the Bridge" details some of the motives that may have led to Virk's death. Two of the girls convicted in the initial beating allege that Virk stole one of the girl's phone book and started calling her friends and spreading vicious rumors about her. The girl stubbed her cigarette on Virk's forehead. The other girl was angry with Virk for stealing her boyfriend. Virk, who once lived with the two girls in a youth group home, may have done those things in order to assert herself as a "tough girl".
    The book also reveals Virk was initially considered a runaway when her mother first reported her missing to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Two Russian sisters, who lived in the youth group home, were prompted to call the police upon hearing that Virk was most likely dead.

    The murder case of Reena Virk: A timeline


    • February 9, 1998, three teenaged girls plead guilty to assault causing bodily harm for their roles in the attack.


    • February 13, 1998, three more teenaged girls were convicted of assault causing bodily harm.


    • Between April and May 1998, six teenaged girls were sentenced for their roles in beating Virk. Sentence ranged from 60 days conditional sentence to one year in jail.




    • March 9, 2000, Kelly Marie Ellard was tried and convicted of second-degree murder; her case was raised to adult court where she was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of full parole for five years.


    • November 15, 2000, 3 years and 1 day after the murder of Reena Virk, her parents, Manjit and Suman Virk, sued the teenagers who took part in the beating, the BC government, and several other people.


    • February 4, 2003, the BC Court of Appeal announced that due to improprieties in the way Ellard was questioned during her first trial, a new trial would be ordered. [10] It is impermissible for the crown to ask the accused why witnesses would lie about the accused.[11]


    • March 4, 2004 While awaiting the second trial in the Virk murder, Ellard was charged in an unrelated assault and beating of a 58 year old Vancouver, BC woman. Because of the bail violation, Ellard's bail was revoked and she was taken back into custody.[12]




    • Between June 16 and June 22, several witnesses including Glowatski testified that Ellard had admitted to killing Virk. It was said that Ellard bragged about "finishing (Virk) off" and had actually conducted tours to the murder scene.


    • July 6, Ellard admitted to taking part of the initial beating but only for self-defense. Throughout the trial, Ellard was given to sarcasm or throwing tantrums in the witness box while denying her part in the crime. In one infamous instance during the second trial, Ellard said to the proscecutor "I'm obviously going to be convicted," She then dissolved into tears saying "My life is over. You got what you wanted. I'm going to be convicted."


    • July 18, 2004, a mistrial was declared in Ellard's second trial after the jury declared it was deadlocked 11-1.[13]






    • July 20, 2006 After serving nearly 9 years of a life sentence, Warren Glowatski is granted unescorted temporary passes by the National Parole Board, moving him a step closer to becoming part of society. The Virk family support the decision.[1]


    • August 9, 2006, Ellard appealed her conviction, asking for a fourth trial or an acquittal.


    • September 5, 2008, Ellard's appeal is granted. Crown has to option to appeal, hold a fourth trail or abandon prosecution.[16][17]


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    Kelly Ellard was just in the news...I think she's out of jail or getting a new trial or something? This was HUGE news here when it happened. They beat the shit out of that poor girl then held her head underwater and drowned her. I'm sure it wasn't just girls involved in this though. A couple of teenaged boys went to jail over it too. I'm sure Bunny and Kimba know more about it.
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    At least Glowatski is trying to make something of himself in prison. What has the little wench done??? Nothing. Just feeling sorry for herself "You've ruined my life!" Not once has she shown any sympathy for Reena.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Miho View Post
    What has the little wench done??? Nothing. Just feeling sorry for herself "You've ruined my life!" Not once has she shown any sympathy for Reena.
    I'm pretty sure she basically denies any wrongdoing at all, even after all these years. She oughtta just STFU and do her time .

    If I'm remembering this right, Reena was an overweight teen who just wanted to be accepted by this group and they just disliked her for all the wrong reasons. Pricks.
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    Yep that was it. Spoiled unsupervised kids. Then the gang mentality kicked in. Even after the initial assault she was "ok." It wasn't until Kelly and Warren bashed her skull in and drowned her that she died.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Miho View Post
    Yep that was it. Spoiled unsupervised kids. Then the gang mentality kicked in. Even after the initial assault she was "ok." It wasn't until Kelly and Warren bashed her skull in and drowned her that she died.
    I've never really understood that gang mentality; the idea that if you're with a group you can become impossibly cruel.
    Like a bunch of wolves attacking a deer.
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    They found pebbles from the river in her lungs


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    Quote Originally Posted by miho View Post
    they found pebbles from the river in her lungs
    oh god.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miho View Post
    They found pebbles from the river in her lungs
    That's horrible. Although I thinnk I read somewhere that they were violently shoving her face into the water, and she must have been struggling like hell.
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    I just finished "Under the Bridge" a book about the incident. THe other horrible detail that stuck with me was that there was a sneaker imprint on her brain...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Miho View Post
    I just finished "Under the Bridge" a book about the incident. THe other horrible detail that stuck with me was that there was a sneaker imprint on her brain...
    WHAT?! How the...?! This is nauseating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miho View Post
    I just finished "Under the Bridge" a book about the incident. THe other horrible detail that stuck with me was that there was a sneaker imprint on her brain...

    This along with the pebbles in her lungs makes me want to puke! What made them so vindictive and evil? WTF is going one with people?
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    Quote Originally Posted by STORMIE View Post
    This along with the pebbles in her lungs makes me want to puke! What made them so vindictive and evil? WTF is going one with people?

    She was killed for nothing. Apparently she took one of the girls' address book and was calling people spreading rumors (typical teenage girl stuff). Well the other girls response was to call her friends to come down to an event where Reena would be there. Then the inital girl put a cigarette out on her head and the beating started. All because Reena wanted to fit in with these jerks.


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    it is such a shame...this poor young girl...
    that Kelly has such evil eyes...
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    No I dont think she took anything, she was an unpopluar girl and wanted to fit in, so when these assholes be freinded her she was so happy
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    Quote Originally Posted by duster View Post
    I've never really understood that gang mentality; the idea that if you're with a group you can become impossibly cruel.
    Like a bunch of wolves attacking a deer.
    The whole gang mentality thing has always confused me too. It scares me to know that many people are just one ingredient away from committing such disgusting acts. Add an extra person or two to the mix and you have yourself an afternoon of brutality. Animals.

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    It seems that the people who take part in this sort of bullshit are also the biggest cowards when they're alone
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    What a sickening group of individuals. . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by duster View Post
    It seems that the people who take part in this sort of bullshit are also the biggest cowards when they're alone
    Agreed. I guess a group situation makes some people feel brave and invincible. What a way to express it....

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    what gets me is when that Kelly was out waiting for her trial to begin she beat another woman in a park very close to where I live...man if I would have ever seen her on the street I would have killed her...evil bitch
    hurt an animal and I will kill you

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    Poor young girl...lost her life to those monsters...
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    Yep- and there's gonna be ANOTHER trial isn't there..the last one was overturned again, wasn't it?
    I pity the family of Reena Virk...
    they've been through ENOUGH.
    And that evil wench Kelly Ellard. She can deny all she wants, but it is telling thet she beat up an older lady in the park over what... another cigarette?
    I can't believe the justice system here some times...

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    Oh I know...it makes me sick...that Kelly is an evil cow (that one is for you Duster) hahaha
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    I can't believe anything anymore when it comes to kids killing. I NEVER worried about shit like that when I was in school. It boggles my mind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bunny View Post
    what gets me is when that Kelly was out waiting for her trial to begin she beat another woman in a park very close to where I live...man if I would have ever seen her on the street I would have killed her...evil bitch
    She is so evil looking. I remember this case well. That poor girl. I felt so bad for her family. I agree with duster, when in a gang they are all brave and mouth but when alone, they are cowards. This girl is evil and certainly looks the part

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    oh ya she is very devilish looking her eyes...like the devils eyes
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    Quote Originally Posted by bunny View Post
    oh i know...it makes me sick...that kelly is an evil cow (that one is for you duster) hahaha
    yyyyeeeaaaaaahhh!
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    Here is a little up date (or should I say Little Late up date) for you all.

    http://www2.macleans.ca/2009/06/12/k...rison-finally/

    I only just found out about this case through an article written in the readers digest (amazing what you do to keep occupied at work sometimes lol). Just glad that hopfully the Virk family have some peice of mind now.

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    I read 'Under the Bridge,' and it made me sad. So wrong that this was dragged out in the courts for years.
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    I agree. It is amazing that Kelly has had so many trials etc. Especially after she assaulted another lady. But as we all know the Justice System can be a flawed process.

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    Kelly is one screwed up little gopher.


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    lol she certainly is Miho, she certainly is.

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    Ordered the book! I can't wait!
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    What a sad story. Poor girl died such a violent hate filled death. That sickens me hearing about the shoe imprint on the brain and the pebbles from the water in her lungs. So were the shoe imprints from Kellys shoe? Since I guess she was the more vicious one. Hope she stays in prison until the day she dies.

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    I'm sure her evil little side glance will get her in trouble in the big house.

    We can only hope!

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    Yeah she has that "Im a princess so let me go" look going on. The same one Casey Anthony has. It wont take long for Kelly to rub someone up the wrong way then Bamo! Prison Justice, gotta love it.

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    Just as an aside, I believe that the "Type A Films" that has purchased the story rights is Reese Witherspoon's production company.

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    bump


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    I had cousins living in that area around the time of the attack. I remember my aunt wouldn't let them out of the house for weeks. She was sure their friends were going to go savage on them.

    That Kelly scares the crap out of me. Not one iota of remorse.
    You can't "nu uh" death. That's bad debating.

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    Did some reading today and found out the boy was released in 2010


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    One of the killers has her second child. " Parenthood has had a positive impact on your life." say parole board. How nice, she is still a cold blooded killer. https://vancouverisland.ctvnews.ca/c...nded-1.4789821
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