Kelly Ellard applies for day parole 19 years after Reena Virk’s murder
“Back in the day, there was a bit of a sandy beach under here.
Kids could hang out under the bridge deck, kept them out of the weather on
Friday and Saturday nights.”
Saanich Sgt. Chris Horsley points out the spot under the Craigflower Bridge where
a group of teens swarmed, then assaulted 14 year old Reena Virk 19 years ago.
Reena managed to walk away from her attackers, and crossed the bridge.
But 15 year old Kelly Ellard caught up with her, assaulted her again.
16 year old Warren Glowatski watched as Ellard held Reena’s head under water until she drowned.
“There was lots of rumours circulating through schools, nothing definitive.
Detectives did a lot of interviews.
It wasn’t until a full week later that up in the helicopter, Reena’s body was discovered.”
Detectives spotted her body in the Gorge Waterway.
Six girls were convicted of assault, some as young as 13.
Glowatski was convicted of second degree murder.
He admitted his role in Reena’s death and apologized to Reena’s family.
“I was really, really hoping that those words would actually hit home, right?”
After three trials, the Supreme Court of Canada upheld Ellard’s murder conviction.
But she’s never apologized or admitted her involvement.
“It was shocking, not just because of what the crime entailed, but also the people were very young.
They were young teenage girls, not even high school age, junior high school.
So people were shocked and mortified.
The other people shocked were other youth.”
If her request for day parole is approved Tuesday, Kelly Ellard would be released to a halfway house in an undisclosed location.