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Mother of murdered Victoria-area teen Reena Virk dies in tragic accident

Last Updated Jun 18, 2018 at 12:39 pm PDT

From left, Reena Virks' grandparents Tarisem and Mukhand Pallan, parents Suman and Manjit Virk, and Nand Pallan (at right) attend a press conference after the sentencing of Kelly Ellard on Thursday July 7, 2005. (CP PHOTO/Vancouver Sun - Bill Keay)

Suman Virk's family describing her death over the weekend as a tragic accident

VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) – The mother of a Victoria-area teenager killed by school bullies more than 20 years ago has died.

Suman Virk’s family is describing her death over the weekend as a tragic accident.

She’s spoken to NEWS 1130 several times over the years about the loss of her daughter Reena in 1997. The last time was in November which marked the 20th anniversary of the 14-year-old’s death.

Reena Virk, 14, is shown in this undated handout photo. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Victoria Times Colonist)

Reena Virk was beaten and drowned at the Gorge Waterway in 1997.

The Virk family has asked for privacy.

A memorial service for Suman is planned for Saturday afternoon.