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Surrey to review services available to woman who was killed

Coun. Barinder Rasode asks colleagues to examine what support network was available to Janice Shore before she was killed.
The spot where Janice Shore was beaten badly and left for dead.

A week after woman died from a brutal beating in Whalley, a city councillor is asking city staff to ensure all of the services were available to her before she was killed.

Shore was found on Dec. 2, barely conscious, partially clothed, and weakly calling for help in an empty lot in Whalley, at 106 Avenue and 135 A Street.

She was beaten to the point of barely recognizable to those who knew her.

The 45-year-old succumbed to her injuries on a last week.

On Monday morning, Coun. Barinder Rasode asked her colleagues at a shirt sleeve session to request staff to help determine what sort of safety net Shore had in place.

Shore was housed at the time of her killing, however, social service providers say she faced periodic times of homelessness.

And the type of housing she had may not have been ideal for the mental health issues she faced,  Rasode said.

Often when medications for are not ideal for people with mental health problems, they turn to the streets to "self medicate," which may have been the case for Shore, who used street drugs.

What supports she had available to her is not readily known.

"It is important to make sure that there are some measurable outcomes on the type of services that are made available by taxpayers dollars," Rasode said Tuesday.

Rasode will be meeting with Coun. Judy Villeneuve, chair of the city's task force on housing and homelessness, Aileen Murphy, Surrey's social planner and other stakeholders in the coming weeks to examine what was available to Shore before she was killed.