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Resource ID: #15389
Subject: Crime
Source: GQ
Date: 1999-02-08


GQ reports how people had no idea how brutal teenage girlfriends could be. On a Friday night in mid-November, under a full moon, 14 1/2-year-old Reena Virk was beaten by her teenage girlfriends, drowned and left to drift face-down in a tidal inlet in the suburbs of Victoria, British Columbia. Those things are certain. The rest is lies, half-truths, make-believe. Stories. Police and prosecutors had to reconstruct events from the statements of teenagers: They had to practice the art of storytelling. And standing in the way of a coherent narrative was the enveloping code of silence of the kids out by the Gorge. Many of the kids at Shoreline junior high had heard about the dead chick in the water; none of the kids from the neighborhood ratted.

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