SURREY - "It's the first towards putting Chris to rest."
That's what Eileen Mohan, mother of Surrey Six murder victim Chris Mohan, said heading into court Monday morning to hear the opening arguments at the Surrey Six multiple murder trial in Vancouver.
There will be three sets of trials, with the second expected to begin next June.
Three of the accused - Matthew Johnston, Cory Haevisher and Quang Vinh Thang (Michael) Le - are being presently tried for first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder.
"It's been a long time coming," she said. "Five years and 11 months."
"It's going to be difficult," she said of the coming week. The trial that started Monday is expected to last up to a year.
Her son Chris, 22, was one of six men shot dead in gang violence in a penthouse suite on the 15th floor of Whalley's Balmoral Tower on Oct. 19, 2007. He, and Abbotsford gasfitter Ed Shellenberg, 55, were innocent victims who paid with their lives after accidentally stumbling upon a drug hit. Chris lived in the suite next door with his mom, who wasn't home at the time.
Edward Sousakhone Narong, 22, Ryan Bartolomeo, 19, and brothers Michael Justin Lal, 26, and Corey Jason Michael Lal, 21, were also slain.
Eileen Mohan has been saving up her vacations for the past five years, so she can attend the trials.
"I've been saving it for this day."
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