Grab-A-Java owner Dave Perritt has established an account where people can donate money to help the young son of Rachel Pernosky.

Account created to accept donations for Pernosky’s son

Donations can be made via Envision or at Grab-A-Java

Dave Perritt always knew Mission was filled with strong, community-minded people, but events of the recent week have reinforced that belief.

Perritt owns Grab-A-Java Coffee House and Roasterie on Seventh Avenue, and Brittany, the sister of 18-year-old Rachel Pernosky who was found murdered last Tuesday, is one of his employees.

Since word first came about the teen’s disappearance, Grab-A-Java became a central meeting spot from which groups would head out to search and put up missing posters throughout the area.

And once the tragic news came of her death, close friends have been leaving flowers, candles and donations for Pernosky’s 18-month-old son, Marco.

“There’s been quite a large amount of support. It shows the sense of community we have in Mission,” said Perritt. “It didn’t surprise me, but it made me proud to be a Missionite.”

Dozens of people have been “coming out of the woodwork” and offering to help, he noted, including one woman who said she would knit clothes for Marco.

Perritt established an account through Envision Financial (account number 458 853 9) where people can directly deposit funds, and he has made several trips with hundreds of dollars collected from the jar at the coffee shop.

Before last Thursday’s public candlelight vigil at Fraser River Heritage Park which drew between 300-400 people, a smaller, private one was held at Grab-A-Java. About 30 people were present, said Perritt.

Mission RCMP first put out the missing person report about Rachel mid-afternoon March 18. She had last been seen around 12:30 a.m. March 17 at her home in the 7700 block of Kite Street. Her cell phone and purse were still inside the house.

A passerby in Chilliwack on Old Orchard Road happened upon the teen’s body March 19, and the file was turned over to the RCMP’s Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT).

A press conference on March 19 saw IHIT spokesperson Sgt. Jennifer Pound say they do not have any suspects or motive, but believed the attack was not random.

“Rachel was just 18 years old and a mother of a baby when her life was brutally taken from her.

“The person(s) who murdered her have left a hole in the lives of those who loved her, and child who will be without his mom,” she said.

• For the most recent details, and photos from last week’s candlelight vigil, please visit missioncityrecord.com.

Just Posted

German-born British Columbian warns against a ‘yes’ vote on proportional representation

Agassiz realtor Freddy Marks says PR in his home country shows party elites can never be voted out

Highest earning staff at Fraser-Cascade School District made public

Also board looks into seat belts on school buses, Marv Cope gets road in his memory

Agassiz teacher’s Amazing Race takes students on Canada-wide adventure

AESS students say they had the experience of a life time

WATCH: Brother of missing Hope woman makes emotional appeal for more media attention

Next search for Shawnee Inyallie Nov. 18 along Highway 1 towards Boston Bar

Gas price drop expected to hit Fraser Valley today

Analyst says to take advantage, warns slight increase may follow

Saving salmon: B.C. business man believes hatcheries can help bring back the fish

Tony Allard worked with a central coast First Nation to enhance salmon stocks

‘A giant step forward’: new $10 bill featuring Viola Desmond to enter circulation

A new $10 banknote featuring Viola Desmond’s portrait will go into circulation, just over 72 years after she was ousted from the whites-only section of a movie theatre in New Glasgow, N.S.

Searchers in California wildfire step up efforts; 77 dead

Trump arrived at the oceanside conclave Saturday afternoon after visiting Northern California to survey the wildfire damage in the town of Paradise.

Trump says ‘no reason’ for him to hear Khashoggi death tape

“It’s a suffering tape, it’s a terrible tape. I’ve been fully briefed on it, there’s no reason for me to hear it,” Trump said in the interview.

Canada Post calls for ‘cooling off’ period to allow for mediated talks

The proposal came as Canada Post workers continued their rotating strikes Monday after rejecting the Crown agency’s latest offer.

Metro Vancouver homicide detectives busy after separate weekend deaths

Homicide detectives in Metro Vancouver are investigating separate cases involving two deaths they say appear to be either targeted or suspicious.

VIDEO: Vancouver Giants couldn’t find the net: coach

Even with a six-on-three advantage, the Langley-based hockey team couldn’t earn points Sunday.

High-end B.C. house prices dropping, but no relief at lower levels

But experts say home ownership remains out of reach for many for middle- and lower-income families

Worker killed in collision at B.C. coal mine

Vehicle collision occurred at approximately 10:45 a.m. this morning

Most Read