Vijay Manuel, chair of Character Abbotsford, with Rachel Schellenberg.

Vijay Manuel, chair of Character Abbotsford, with Rachel Schellenberg.

Daughter of Surrey Six murder victim to speak out

Rachel Schellenberg makes Character Abbotsford presentation on Nov. 8

Character Abbotsford holds a presentation on Thursday, Nov. 8 with the daughter of Ed Schellenberg, an innocent victim of the Surrey Six murders in 2007.

Rachel Schellenberg will share her story and challenge Abbotsford leaders towards a united response to the gang problem in the Fraser Valley.

Rachel grew up in Abbotsford and graduated from high school in 2005.

Her dad was repairing a gas fireplace in a Surrey apartment building on Oct. 19, 2007 and was one of five men executed to ensure there were no witnesses to the murder of a sixth man – the intended target of the Red Scorpions gang.

The Character Abbotsford event where Rachel will speak takes place from 11:45 to 1 a.m. at Matsqui Centennial Auditorium.

“This is an amazing opportunity to hear from a truly amazing young woman,” said Vijay Manuel, chair of Character Abbotsford.

“Rachel Schellenberg is willing to share her experiences with us and to challenge Abbotsford leaders towards solutions.”

Manuel was also Rachel’s music teacher during her high school years.

“She was a happy light-up-the-room person in her teens and continues to be that today in spite of all that she’s been through. This is someone I wish to learn from,” he said.

Those planning to attend must register by Nov. 1 via email at

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