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Leslie Mahaffy’s brother to get scholarship

– Victims of crime, including the brother of a schoolgirl killed by Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka, will be getting support at a gala next month.

The Canadian Crime Victim Foundation’s annual fundraising dinner June 2 will be attended by a who’s-who of law enforcement and victim’s rights advocates.

This year, Ryan Mahaffy, the brother of Leslie Mahaffy, who was murdered by Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka, will be awarded with a $10,000 scholarship.

“Like the rest of his family (Ryan) suffered from the loss of his sister and his life is affected by that crime every day,” said Joe Wamback, who started the foundation after his son, Jonathan, was beaten almost to death in 1999.

“This scholarship will entitle (Ryan) to the same type of educational advantage that Karla Homolka got for free from Canadian taxpayers (while in jail).”

The foundation also plans to give a scholarship to Shaquan Cadougan, the tot hit four times in a drive-by shooting last August and to Tamara Carter, 11, who was shot on a TTC bus in 2004.

Both Shaquan and Tamara will be added to the foundation’s scholarship trust fund, Wamback said.

For more information, or to donate, go to or call 905-898-7472.