Tuesday April 15, 2014

Terrace teen to be remembered

Memorial for women who have met violent deaths to be held Friday

CJ Fowler

When people gather on Friday at St. Andrew’s on the Square to memorialize women who have met with violent deaths, there will a new name added to the 850 already listed.

CJ Fowler, whose murder on Dec. 5, 2012, remains unsolved, will be included on a list of B.C. missing and murdered women.

There have be no updates in the Terrace teen’s homicide case since Kamloops RCMP said on Jan. 4, 2013, that they wanted to speak to a man who was seen smoking in the vicinity of Guerin Creek ravine, where Fowler’s remains were found. The homicide investigation continues.

Friday’s sixth annual Shoe Memorial takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the hall, coinciding with the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. The day marks the L’Ecole Polytechnique mass shooting in Montreal on Dec. 6, 1989.

Lynn Chasse, who organizes the Kamloops memorial, said CJ Fowler will be remembered with others on what’s known as the Memory Board and by a pair of shoes with a name card attached.

Chasse started the memorial here based on a similar event in Vancouver. Once again, she’s collecting donated women’s and girl’s shoes in any condition for the event. The idea is to put a name to symbolic representation of the victims so that they are not forgotten.

“As a person touched by violence, Dec. 6 holds special meaning for me,” she said in a news release. “I have found solace by holding the Shoe Memorial to honour, not just my mother, but all women and girls who have lost their lives to violence or are still missing.”

Thirteen years ago, Chasse’s mother was killed by her ex-boyfriend despite having a restraining order against him.

Guest speakers will address the memorial starting at 12:15 p.m. They will include Debby Hamilton, regional co-ordinator for Ending Violence Association of B.C., and Kimberley McCart, a Kamloops resident whose mother was murdered by her father.

To donate shoes for the ceremony, or to include the name of a victim, contact Chasse at 250-299-3363.

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