I remember that I was out Christmas shopping last month when someone texted me about the sad news that Shinder Kirk had been killed in a car accident. It was devastating to hear. Shinder was the former media officer for the Integrated Gang Task Force, which later become the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit. He was dedicated to tackling gang violence and we worked together on a couple of projects under the Teens Against Gangs banner. There will be a big community memorial service in Abbotsford next Saturday that I am sure will be well-attended.
There was a funeral in Delta yesterday for family, friends and some colleagues.
Here’s my story on that:
Ultimate respect as retired B.C. gang squad media
officer Shinder Kirk is laid to rest
Updated: January 19, 2019
Hundreds of family and friends gathered at Delta’s Riverside Funeral Home Saturday to pay final respects to retired Abbotsford Police Sgt. Shinder Kirk.
Kirk, 59, died Dec. 22 in a two-vehicle collision near Nanaimo that left his wife Wendy and daughter Stephanie injured.
Kirk was a popular former media officer both for the Abbotsford Police Department and the anti-gang Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit.
His younger brother Rob thanked mourners Saturday for the outpouring of support and condolences following the tragic accident.
Some of the hundreds of social media tributes praising Kirk as a humble, dedicated police officer were read during Saturday’s service, including a tweet by Premier John Horgan calling Kirk “a warm and caring man, dedicated to fighting gang violence and a much admired leader in the South Asian community.”
Other tributes from police forces around B.C. were also read.
Rob Kirk said the death was particularly tragic given that his brother “put his life on the line every day when he went to work and made it through virtually unscathed, but then ends up leaving …read more
Source:: Vancouver Sun