It’s been just over three months since Connie Virgioni missed an early morning call from her daughter’s best friend. She knew something was wrong so she jumped in her car and started driving to Brampton, Ont., where her daughter Vanessa Virgioni lived with her seven-year-old son, in the basement apartment of a home near Bramalea Road and Steeles Avenue.
She then received a text message from the friend which said “I’m sorry I had to tell you this way. Vanessa’s gone.” Connie replied “What do you mean, she’s gone? Where did he take her?” to which the friend wrote, “No Connie, he murdered her.”
Connie said her grandson, who was home at the time, ran to a neighbour’s home, knocked on the door and told them their mother needed help. They called police. Vanessa, a single mother who worked hard to provide for her son, had been found with obvious signs of trauma inside the basement apartment. The 29-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.