Families of six murdered in Surrey, B.C., highrise speak of impact of deaths

The mother of a young man who was murdered sobbed as she described being tortured by guilt for asking her son to stay home and meet a fireplace repairman the day both men were shot dead.

VANCOUVER — The mother of a young man who was murdered sobbed as she described being tortured by guilt for asking her son to stay home and meet a fireplace repairman the day both men were shot dead.

Eileen Mohan’s son, Chris, was pulled into a neighbouring apartment and shot along with five others in a Surrey, B.C., highrise in October 2007.

Her presentation was among nine victim-impacts statements either read by a lawyer or personally delivered by family members during the sentencing hearing for their convicted killers.

Cody Haevischer and Matthew Johnston were each found guilty in October of conspiracy and six counts of first-degree murder and are expected to be formally handed automatic sentences of life without chance of parole for 25 years.

A letter from Edward Schellenberg’s daughter Rachael read into the court said she believes that if the killers knew what kind of man her dad was, they would have walked away.

The 55-year-old Schellenberg was repairing fireplaces in the building and died along with Mohan, Corey Lal, his brother Michael, Eddie Narong and Ryan Bartolomeo.

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