Creba's family speaks through victim's statement
TORONTO - Jane Creba's parents say there are no words to express the shock and outrage at the open gang violence that claimed their daughter's life on Boxing Day 2005.
The statement came today at the sentencing hearing for the first person convicted in the killing of the 15-year-old innocent bystander.
In a statement read in court by the Crown, Creba's parents say the impact of Jane's death continues to be deep and profound.
They also say the shootout on Yonge Street that claimed their "bright light" has turned the holidays, once a time of celebration, into a time of healing.
The teen's parents, Bruce Creba and Virginia Barton, say the girl's death caused a "tsunami of grief" for everyone who knew her.
A 21-year-old man, known only as J.S.R. because he was a youth at the time of Creba's death, was convicted four months ago of second-degree murder, as well as two counts of aggravated assault and five weapons charges.
Seven other adults and one youth are charged with either second-degree murder or manslaughter in the case and are still awaiting trial.
An eighth adult was arrested Tuesday in England, and Toronto police said extradition proceedings are underway to have the man returned to Toronto to face manslaughter charges.