The Crown has begun begun its murder case against 17-year-old Kelly Ellard. Prosecutor Ruth Picha says Ellard confessed to killing Reena Virk in Victoria in 1997.

Picha told the B.C. Supreme Court jury that Ellard told friends she and a man attacked Virk, after the 14-year-old was "swarmed" near a bridge on Victoria's Gorge waterway.

Picha says Ellard told people how she held Reena's head under water, and drowned her.

Virk's badly beaten body was found later, floating in the Gorge.

The Crown is expected to call 30 witnesses testify against Ellard. First up is retired Saanich police officer John Archer.

Virk's family is sitting in on the trial. Reena's mother, Suman, says waiting for justice is difficult.

"It's been a long two and a half years," she says, "it's been a long time in coming and it will be nice to have it over."

The Virk family also attended the earlier trial of Warren Glowatski who was found guilty of second degree murder in Reena's death.