EDITORIAL: Long wait for justice as Surrey Six murders hit 10-year anniversary

Yesterday marked the 10th anniversary of what has become known as the Surrey Six murders – one of the most shocking and tragic events in Surrey history.

On Oct. 19, 2007, Eddie Narong, Corey and Michael Lal and Ryan Bartolomeo – all with gang connections – along with two innocent bystanders, Ed Schellenberg and Chris Mohan, were shot to death inside a suite at Surrey’s Balmoral Tower.

Since that day, arrests have been made, and four men have been convicted – one, who can now only be identified as Person X, has been serving a life sentence since 2009, having pleaded guilt to three counts of second-degree murder, while Cody Haevischer and Matthew Johnston were given life sentences in 2014 on first-degree murder charges.

Another, Michael Le, was handed a 12-year sentence after striking a plea deal, while a fifth, Jamie Bacon, still awaits trial in the much-delayed case.

And while much has changed in the world – as well as in Surrey, specifically – over the past decade, time has stood still for those involved, as the case itself continues its slow crawl through the justice system.

And while the families of the victims – especially those of Schellenberg and Mohan, both of whom were in the wrong place at the wrong time – can, by way of the aforementioned convictions, feel that in some ways justice has been served, it is not over, and closure won’t come for some time yet – Bacon’s trial is finally set to begin in March of next year, 10-and-a-half years after the murders.

The turtle derby that is the Canadian legal system has become so well-documented that one barely bats an eye when news of a trial delay – any trial – is announced.

It should be noted too, that if extra time is what it required to make sure the appropriate people are brought to justice, then it is time well spent.

But such realities are probably cold comfort for those like Eileen Mohan – mother of Chris – or the Schellenberg family, for whom it has been 10 years and a day since their loved ones last walked through the door.

For whatever it is worth, closure will come to them eventually, and the case will one day be closed for good, but for now, they’re merely asked to continue waiting, while the wheels of justice grind forward.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

White Rock neighbours to host second-annual ‘Feast for Friends’

Victoria Terrace residents to raise money for food bank

Sold-out in Surrey: the ‘Second Coming of Delamont’s ‘God is a Scottish Drag Queen’

‘The title tends to scare a few people away,’ Victoria-based performer says of his hit show

Task force brainstorms on support for Semiahmoo homeless community

Community service providers gather to discuss options for housing, income safety and more

Two people reportedly sent to hospital after two-vehicle collision in Surrey

Collision happened on the 16500-block of 64 Avenue

Surrey brothers win trip to review Mexico resort

Shaynen and Brennen Singh featured in latest Sunwing commercial

Officials reaching out to those in contact with Canada’s first coronavirus patient

The illness has sickened at least 1,975 people and killed 56 in China

Canada’s basketball community mourns Kobe Bryant after helicopter crash

Bryant was an 18-time NBA all-star who won five championships

‘Devastated’: Fans, celebrities remember Kobe Bryant after his death

Bryant played all of his 20-year career with the NBA with the Los Angeles Lakers

Investigation launched after six dead puppies dumped in Richmond hotel parking lot

RAPS reminds people they can always give up puppies they can’t take care of

Canadian Lunar New Year celebrations dampened by coronavirus worries

But Health Minister Patty Hajdu said today that the risk of infection is low

Man clings to roof of car driving along busy road in Maple Ridge

The man was also seen jumping on the vehicle

B.C. VIEWS: New coronavirus outbreak an important reminder

Walking the line between cautious and alarmist

Kobe Bryant, daughter killed in California helicopter crash

Bryant entered the NBA draft straight out of high school in 1996

Most Read

l -->