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Stories from homicides’ survivors

Brenda Morrison, 778.782.7627;
Carol Thorbes, PAMR, 778.782.3035;

April 8, 2011
The story of 14-year-old Reena Virk’s murder in Victoria by peers with whom she wanted to fit in 13 years ago will come to life during National Victims of Crime Awareness Week says a Simon Fraser University criminologist.

This year’s annual commemoration of homicide victims, their families, friends and those who work on their behalf occurs April 10-16.

Brenda Morrison can talk about two public kick-off events to raise societal appreciation of how compassion and empathy help murder victims’ survivors go on and could have saved the victims’ lives.

Reena’s father Manjit and Suman Virk will speak at A Story of Courage & Compassion on April 10 (6-8 p.m.) at the West Vancouver Community Centre and on April 11 (7-8:30 p.m.) at Bowen Island Community School.

The Virks will share stories about how communal support helped his family rebuild their lives after losing Reena and how that same support might have saved their daughter.

Morrison is a Bowen Island resident and vice-chair of the North Shore Restorative Justice Society, a co-sponsor of both events.

Morrison, co-director of SFU’s Centre for Restorative Justice, can also talk about a fundraising initiative that she and more than 30 of her students are involved in to help create Vancouver’s first B.C. Victims of Homicide group.

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