‘Run, hide, protect yourself’, pleads mother of victim of intimate partner violenceOUS News


It’s been just over three months since Connie Virgini missed her daughter’s best friend’s morning call. She knew something was wrong, so she jumped in her car and began driving to Brampton, Ont., where her daughter, Vanessa Virzioni, accompanied her seven-year-old son to the basement apartment of a house near Bramalia Road and Steels Avenue. lived in

She then received a text message from a friend that said, “I’m sorry I had to tell you this way. Vanessa is gone.” Connie replied “What do you mean, she’s gone? Where did he take her?” To which the friend wrote, “No Connie, he killed her.”

Connie said her grandson, who was at home at the time, ran to a neighbor’s house, knocked on the door and told them their mother needed help. He called the police. Vanessa, a single mother who had worked hard to support her son, found clear signs of trauma inside the basement apartment. The 29-year-old was declared brought dead at the scene.

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Her mother confirmed to Global News that Vanessa had been stabbed.

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Investigators quickly removed the name and photo of the suspect, 29-year-old Linval Alfonso Ritchie, Vanessa’s ex-boyfriend, who was also the boy’s father. Richie was later arrested and charged with first-degree murder.

Connie said she was furious when she learned that Richie was suspicious. “I was like ‘How can you do that? She was too good for you. She was the mother of your child.'”

The couple lived together until their son was about three years old. Connie, however, said that Vanessa called the police after Richie threatened two women during a visit in 2019. Court documents obtained by Global News found that in March 2019, Ritchie pleaded guilty to assault, breaking into and entering, and making death threats. He was sentenced to nearly eight months of pre-trial custody, two years of suspended sentence and five years of arms embargo.

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Connie recalled that her daughter told her that before 2019, Richie was physically abusive but never called the police. “She always gave him the benefit of the doubt,” adding that Vanessa wanted to keep the father in her son’s life.

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Peel Regional Police forming ‘intimate partner violence’ unit

Peel Regional Police creating an ‘intimate partner violence’ unit – February 17, 2021

After learning that another woman has been murdered in an alleged case of intimate partner violence in the Peel area, Connie Virzioni said she felt for the family of the woman, whom Global News recently reported. Learned about coming to Canada from India.

Connie has a message for other victims of intimate partner violence – “Stop with opportunities. Run. Hide. Protect yourself and your child.”

On Monday, Peel police were called to a Canadian tire store on Mavis and Britannia streets and found Chandanpreet Kaur, 22, suffering from the sound of a deadly knife. Her husband Charanjit Kaur, 26, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder. So far this year, 25 people have been murdered in Peel area. Investigators say three of those killed were victims of intimate partner violence.

Peel Police launched an Intimate Partner Violence Unit in April 2021 to support investigators and victims of abuse. Acting Inspector Rebecca Miller Smalls said the increase in intimate partner violence cases meant the unit had already increased the number of officers working there from 49 to 65.

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If you or someone you know is experiencing abuse or has been involved in an abusive situation, please visit the Canadian Crime Victims Resource Center for assistance. They are also available toll-free at 1-877-232-2610.

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