Charlie Ann Torikka was born Sept. 26, 1995 in Chilliwack BC. Her childhood was not an easy one; her mother was involved in drugs and at the age of 4, her father, George Wolf, took full custody of her so she could be raised in a family environment. Due to some financial stress, she spent a few years living with her aunt and grandpa in Kamloops, but moved back in with her dad and his blended family in her early teens.
She grew into a beautiful teenage girl, who loved music and horses, but struggled with self-esteem; she turned to boys to fill the void left by her absent mother. She got involved with some players in the Abbotsford gang life, and became pregnant at age 16. She gave birth to a healthy baby girl, and still managed to graduate from Mouat Secondary, but found the responsibilities of motherhood were too much for her. She bravely gave her daughter up for adoption to a loving family.
After this traumatic event, she struggled to rebuild her life, but the nightclub scene kept dragging her down. She still dabbled in recreational drugs, at one point spending some time in the hospital due to seizures. She decided she needed a change, and enrolled in a real estate course. Things were looking up…
On the morning of Nov. 6, 2016, in Maple Ridge BC, her boyfriend found her unresponsive in her apartment. Emergency services were called, but Charly was gone. The coroner’s report showed that she had cocaine and a lethal dose of fentanyl in her blood. It was deemed an “accidental” overdose. Whoever supplied her the drugs has not been identified.
Her family and friends were devastated by the loss of this loving caring, bright-futured girl. In the wake of this tragedy, we hope to bring her story to the public, in the hopes that other lives may be saved, and Charly’s story can be a lesson to others.
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