Mission rallies to support family

Private memorial service for local teen held this past weekend

Brittany Pernosky thinks about her sister every day.

Rachel was a spirited young Mission woman whose life tragically came to an end last month. Her body was found in Chilliwack March 19 after an intense three-day search by family, friends and community members. As police continue to look for her killer, a private memorial service was held this past weekend.

Rachel grew up in Mission and attended Fraserview elementary and then went on to Mission secondary.

“Rachel was wild, for sure,” said Brittany, who at age 20, was two years older than her sister. “She was all over the place, but she managed it pretty well and made sure everyone was taken care of. She was very organized that way.”

Rachel was finishing school, said Brittany.

She was popular among her friends and was a loving mother to her one-year-old son, Marco.

“She had an unbelievable relationship with him,” said Brittany, who visited with Rachel and her son several times a week. “Every time someone comes through the door, he looks to see who it is.”

Rachel had a good relationship with Marco’s dad; she got along with everyone, added Brittany, who continues to have regular visits with her nephew.

The siblings were close and Brittany misses everything about Rachel, from her borrowing things without asking to her terrible jokes, and just hanging out.

“We love her and will miss everything about her.”

Brittany knew something was wrong when Rachel’s friend called her to let her know Rachel didn’t show up to go shopping. It’s something her sister wouldn’t pass up. When Brittany saw Rachel’s phone inside her Kite Street home, she got worried.

“She was attached to that thing,” said Brittany. Rachel was an avid social media user and shared her thoughts on sites like Facebook and Twitter regularly.

Brittany used those same sites to let people know her sister was missing. Everyone’s worst fears were confirmed when police showed up at her house late in the evening after another day of searching.

“It was one of those things you know, but didn’t want to hear,” recalled Brittany. “It was devastating.”

The news of Rachel’s death spread quickly and the community was hit hard. Even those who didn’t know Rachel offered their condolences and tried to find a way to support the family, especially Marco.

A March 22 benefit concert at Snipers Pool Hall raised $3,500, and another $1,000 online for the Pernoskys, and an account has been opened at Envision Financial (account number 4588539) for anyone who wants to donate.

A donation box is also set up at Grab-A-Java Coffee House, where Brittany works, and a place Rachel frequented.

The Optimist Club is donating proceeds from its silent auction at its annual Talent Show on April 5 to the Pernosky fund. Up to $500 will be matched by the Optimist Club.

Clever Canadian Couponing is donating part of the proceeds from its April 8 class to the same fund. The class will be held at the Mission City Business Centre on James Street.

Just Posted

Proper engagement needed for quarry development: expert

Impact on residents, species should be communicated, evaluated

Wildlife centre operator concerned about leg-hold traps

Elizabeth Melnick of Abbotsford says contraptions are injuring innocent animals

Upper Fraser Valley RCMP members named to Alexa’s Team

Team honours officers working to keep drunk drivers off the roads, in honour of girl killed in 2008

Festival society releases full lineup for 40th Harrison Festival of the Arts

Legendary singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie and rock band Chilliwack among performers at 2018 festival

Semi-rollover closes traffic on Highway 1

Vehicle incident east of No. 3 road has shut down highway in both directions

Residents mobilize to halt quarry development

News that an application was sent to the province proposing a construction… Continue reading

VIDEO: Smokers talk pot rules at annual 4-20 event

Annual pot protest-meets-festival in Vancouver attracted hundreds to vendors, concert

New funds, recruits set to alleviate B.C. sheriff shortage

The Government of British Columbia announced new sheriff graduates, funding for more classes

Video: RCMP investigation gets a deer little photobomb

Princeton RCMP were conducting a drug investigation in Princeton which a deer strolled through

Farnworth says five years too long for feds to deal with organized crime in medical pot

Needs to be dealt with much sooner than that, B.C. Public Safety Minister says

UPDATED: Unions, CP Rail come to agreement, avoiding work stoppage

Locomotive engineers, conductors and signals specialists seeking new collective agreements.

B.C. woman known to hitchhike around province missing

Aislynn Hanson, 18, last seen April 13; known to travel throughout B.C. by hitchhiking

B.C. court relies on Facebook to track down missing defendant

A court in Princeton, B.C. relied on Facebook to track down a B.C. missing his court date

Cops corral pig on the loose on Vancouver Island

Police “put the grab” on pig before it can cross the highway on Vancouver Island

Most Read