Scholarship honours slain Calgary teen



The family of a Calgary teen killed last year has started a scholarship in her name one year after her death.

The body of Brittney Nora McInnes, 17, was found stuffed in a box spring in her Canyon Meadows home on Jan. 18, 2010.

McInnes's stepfather for 13 years, 45-year-old Bradley Wade Rietze, was charged with first-degree murder.

Mom Kelly Wallace and family launched the SuperBritt Scholarship Fund on Tuesday, in the hopes that helping others will help keep McInnes's spirit alive.

"One, two, three, four children, however big our scholarship can get that we can really make an impact on others' lives, and do it in her honour," Wallace said of the project.

The scholarship, which is so named because McInnes loved Superman, will help children from low-income families further their education in the fields McInnes was most passionate about: music and the arts.

"Brittney loved to dance, she loved music," said Wallace. "Her whole world was around the arts, and she also loved reading, so that's why we chose that to be the criteria."

The scholarship will help with things like living expenses, tuition and books.

Donations can be made to the fund through the Legacy Children's Foundation, which worked with the family to set up the scholarship.

A candlelight vigil will be held for McInnes on Tuesday night at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Cross in southwest Calgary.

That's where she was baptized, where she went to church, and where her funeral was held.

"By doing this, it's just taken the pain and made it focused on something a little more positive," Wallace said.

McInnes was a popular student at Dr. E.P. Scarlett High School and worked part-time at a Canyon Meadows Rexall drug store.

More than 3,000 people have joined her Facebook memorial page.