Reena Virk's family reacts to news of killer's prison pregnancy
Kelly Ellard and her father, Lawrence, leave the Vancouver courthouse for dinner, March 30, 2000. (Adrian Wyld / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
VICTORIA - The grandfather of a teenage girl beaten and drowned on Vancouver Island nearly two decades ago says he wishes his granddaughter's killer well after a news report that she is pregnant in prison.
Mukand Pallan of Victoria, B.C., says he hopes becoming a mother will inspire Kelly Ellard to become a better person.
Pallan was reacting to a report from the Vancouver Sun that Ellard is eight months pregnant following a conjugal visit with her boyfriend, who is also currently behind bars.
Ellard was found guilty of second-degree murder in the killing of Reena Virk.
She was 15 years old when she smashed Virk's head against a tree and held the Grade 9 student's head underwater until she stopped moving.
She was denied supervised release from prison last May after a parole board found the now-33-year-old woman was still minimizing many aspects of her crime.