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UPDATE: Two more locals linked to Downtown Vancouver riot
One's a scholarship winner, another a young, up-and-coming carpenter.
Both are learning that their connection to the Vancouver riot last week has serious consequences.
Camille Cacnio, who in 2007 while attending J.N. Burnett secondary won a $3,500 merit award and was eying an associate of science degree, was captured on camera carrying merchandise out of a vandalized Black & Lee tuxedo store in Downtown Vancouver.
She was quickly identified and her name was plastered all over the internet.
In a blog posted Sunday, Cacnio apologized and said she has turned herself into the Vancouver police and is ready to face the music for her actions.
She admitted she's the young woman pictured at the 1:33 mark of a YouTube video: http://youtu.be/MSNFxnaGqcA
She explained that she was caught up in "mob mentality" was seeking an "adrenaline rush" and suggested her judgment was impaired by alcohol.
"At the time, being a part of the riot was simply to fulfill the adrenaline rush I was looking and hoping for—an adrenaline rush that I previously got from post-winning games: hugging randoms, dancing on the streets, honking car horns non-stop, and high-fiving just about everybody. In the same way that everybody enjoyed collectively showing pride in our team, it was enjoyable to express my disappointment in a collective manor."
She went on to write: "I had no intentions of defiling the city. I love Vancouver as much as you do—I've lived her since I was 7 months old. But in my immature, intoxicated perspective all I saw was that the riot was happening, and would continue happening with or without me, so I might as well get my adrenaline fix."
Cacnio lashed back at those social media users who said she should "go back to her own country" and that "we CANADIANS dont want her here."
She noted she's a Canadian citizen and said: "Racism is not accepted in my country, so to the following people, and all others of the like, if you are going to make racist remarks, then maybe you should leave our country.
Cacnio had until the riot had been working as a receptionist at Burrard Acura and was employed at the UBC Birdcoop Fitness Centre.
On Saturday, Cacnio was handed her pink slip from Burrard Acura. Her status at Birdcoop wasn't known.
"You make me sick and you are a disgrace to UBC and the City of Vancouver," wrote Facebook user Mark S.
"I've called the UBC Bird COOP to complain to the manager. Voice your opinion here," wrote Amelle, who provided an e-mail address and phone number for the Birdcoop.
Cacnio was among more than two dozen volunteers who flew to the Philippines in 2009 as part of Enspire Foundation's efforts to build housing for some of that country's poorest people.
Concerned by online comments that urged the public to stop supporting Enspire, the foundation issued a public statement.
"Enspire does not condone criminal acts or acts of violence conducted by anyone, including past or current volunteers. With the vision to empower, educate and encourage people to help themselves and others, Enspire sees criminal activity as a direct contradiction to what the organization represents and who we are," wrote foundation president Lorie Corcuera. "This incident is uncharacteristic for Camille and I'm sure for most of the people."Connor Mcilvenna insists he only watched the mayhem unfold with his Richmond friends after the Stanley Cup Finals game between Vancouver and Boston, but it's his comments posted on his Facebook page that got him fired.
He wrote: "atta boy vancity!!! show em how we do it!!!" and "vancouver needed remodeling anyway...."
A teary-eyed Mcilvenna apologized in a television news report by CTV.
"Yeah, big regrets for making stupid comments I shouldn't have made."
"I didn't do anything. I did nothing wrong. I was just there."
Also listed on Mcilvenna's Facebook page was the name of his employer.
His boss, Justin Reitz from Rite Tech Construction, was flooded with 100 e-mails the day after the riot from people who threatened to pull their business if something wasn't done.
"Obviously, I was appalled, disgusted. By no means does my company condone that type of behaviour."
Reitz described Mcilvenna, who worked as a carpenter's helper for about a year, as a "good kid who said some stupid things."
Reitz had to fire Mcilvenna "for the well being of my company," he said.
"He could be a good carpenter one day."