Suman Virk, mother of bullied and murdered Vancouver Island teen Reena Virk, dies at age 58

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      The mother of Vancouver Island teen Reena Virk, who was bullied and murdered by her peers 20 years ago, has been reported to have died.

      Suman Virk, who was 58 years old, has been reported by CBC News to have died in an accident on June 16, but details have not been released yet.

      British Columbia Premier John Horgan expressed his condolences on social media.

      "Suman's tireless work to end bullying has helped make life better for countless kids in BC," he stated on Twitter.

      In 1997, 14-year-old Reena Virk from Saanich was beaten by six teenage girls and was subsequently attacked and drowned by two other teenagers, Warren Glowatski and Kelly Ellard, at the Gorge Waterway in Victoria.

      The six girls were convicted of assault causing bodily harm and sentenced to a maximum of one year in custody.

      Both Glowatski and Ellard were found guilty of second-degree murder.

      Virk's death sparked international coverage of youth bullying. Suman and her husband Manjit launched a national campaign against bullying and violence by speaking at schools across the country. Manjit also wrote a memoir, released in 2008, entitled Reena: A Father's Story.

      A gathering was held in Victoria to mark the 20thanniversary of Reena Virk's death in November.

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