Teen pleads guilty to killing Brandy Vittrekwa

Just over a year since Brandy Vittrekwa's body was found on a walking trail in Whitehorse, a teenaged boy has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in her death.

Just over a year since Brandy Vittrekwa’s body was found on a walking trail in Whitehorse, a teenaged boy has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in her death.

The 15-year-old made a brief appearance in court Thursday afternoon to enter the plea.

He was originally charged with second-degree murder. Canada’s Youth Criminal Justice Act prevents the boy from being named because of his age.

No details about the crime were made public in court. That will be part of a sentencing hearing sometime in the new year. Lawyers will be back in January to set a date for that hearing.

Seventeen-year-old Vittrekwa’s body was discovered on Dec. 8, 2014 in Whitehorse’s McIntyre subdivision.

The teenaged suspect was taken into police custody days later.

Hundreds of Yukoners attended a memorial service for Vittrekwa, a girl who was remembered as a caring and charismatic teenager with a big smile.

Vittrekwa was Teetl’it Gwitch’in from Fort McPherson, N.W.T., and also lived for periods of time in Inuvik, Old Crow and Whitehorse.

Vittrekwa was one of two people killed in the McIntyre community in 2014. The death of Allan Waugh is still unsolved.

On May 30 police were called to Waugh’s home on McCrimmon Crescent, where the 69-year-old was found dead.

Police have said they believe foul play was involved.

Waugh’s family has worked to keep his name in the spotlight. They spoke out on the anniversary of his death this year asking anyone with information to come forward.

Contact Ashley Joannou at

ashleyj@yukon-news.com

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

Just Posted

Higher camping fees, new campground, reconciliation efforts feature in Yukon parks 10-year strategy

Creating a new campground within two hours of Whitehorse, introducing higher camping… Continue reading

UPDATED: Driver in alleged Whitehorse gun-pointing incident arrested

Christopher Dick, 24, charged with obstructing a peace officer, failing to comply with release order

YG and pharmacies preparing for flu vaccine distribution

The Yukon government is preparing for flu season and encouraging people to… Continue reading

Non-resident tests positive for COVID-19

The individual has been hospitalized in Whitehorse

Yukon working with B.C. on COVID-19 “mouth rinse” tests for children

The tests are easier for children than the comparatively uncomfortable nose swab

Hot Hounds bikejor race serves as lone summer competition

Held in Mount Lorne, the race was organized by the Dog Powered Sports Association of the Yukon

Whitehorse operations building officially open

Staff are taking phased approach to moving in

North of Ordinary Experience Centre shutting down

COVID-19 has caused bookings for the space to become almost non-existent, owner says

Canada Games Centre could get new playground

Council to vote on contract award

City hall, briefly

A look at decisions made by Whitehorse city council this week

Harescramble brings out motorcycle community

This year’s event included 67 riders

YG seeks members for youth climate change panel

“Yukon youth deserve to have their voices heard”

Yukon NDP hold AGM

This year’s meeting was held virtually

Most Read