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LETTER: TV show rekindles memories of Reena Virk’s murder

Reena Virk (police handout photo)

I was reading the article about how Kelly Ellard (a.k.a. Kerry Sim) believes that the television show Under The Bridge will re-victimize the victim’s family and it made me feel livid as a childhood friend of Reena Virk back in our elementary school days (I was about several grades her senior but spent recess with her every day until I moved to the next school in Grade 8).

A very strong message to Kelly: Don’t you worry about Reena’s family. Knowing Mrs. (Suman) Virk if she were to be alive, she would never want her daughter to ever be forgotten and always be remembered by those who knew and had fond memories of her. You have the absolute nerve to call the show “so horrendous” yet have no problem washing your hands clean and absolving yourself from what you have done.

Your past actions and your complicity to this present day are the utmost disrespect. You have zero right to put your opinion about the show above others, especially those who knew Reena and held her dear to their hearts. Though you have no problems making all this about you and your so-called self-entitlement, the fact that you have to make a stink to the parole board and the media should be enough grounds that you don’t show true remorse and your application for day parole, in my opinion, should be revoked.

Reena passed away at age 14. Both of my daughters have surpassed that age. Not only was Reena robbed of the privilege of prom, high school graduation and the rest of her life, but I lost a friend to who I never had the chance to say goodbye.

I hope Under The Bridge will reach out to many viewers, especially the youth of this current generation and those who have moved to Vancouver Island recently. I never really got the opportunity to sit down and ask my daughters what they know of the case because it was a past I was reluctant to bring it up, but if they were to see it on television and ask me about it, I would like to reply to them, “Yes, we used to trade lunches with each other; she was a good kid and I miss her very damn much.”

The show must go on.

Silky Sayoko