A young Surrey woman, who has been charged with stabbing a teenaged girl at a wild house party in Vancouver last week, made a brief court appearance Wednesday.
Katey Renieta Gonzales, 18, appeared in provincial court in Vancouver to face one count of second-degree murder for the death of 17-year-old Angela Qiu.
Gonzales stood quietly inside the prisoner's box as her lawyer made arrangements for her next court appearance on June 10, and said nothing during the hearing that lasted just a few minutes.
A half-dozen of her family and friends sat watching in the courtroom. Her lawyer Paul McMurray said they were concerned and are just trying to look out for their daughter.
"Well, she's a young woman who's obviously distraught at the circumstances, but she's coping reasonably well, all things considered," said McMurray.
Police said on Tuesday that Gonzales called them a few hours after the stabbing around 1 a.m. PT Friday, and turned herself in.
McMurray said he didn't think there was any prior connection between Gonzales and Qiu.
"So far as I'm aware there wasn't any prior link," he said.
McMurray did say there are still many more witnesses for police to talk to, and it's possible more charges could be laid once all the interviews are complete.
"It's rather a confusing situation, a lot of people around. I gather that there was a fair amount of alcohol and drugs being consumed at this particular party," said McMurray.
Another teenage girl was also stabbed at the party, but released with minor injuries. So far police have not announced any charges in that incident.