Monday, December 10, 2007

The Pickton Trial: Voices Lost

This weekend Mr. Pickton was found guilty of killing Mona Wilson, Sereena Abotsway, Marnie Frey, Andrea Joesbury, Georgina Papin and Brenda Wolfe. There will be much debate as to whether or not it should have been a different conclusion - first degree versus second but I'd like everyone to remember the humanity of these young women.

Marnie's family made a beautiful webpage remembering special memories with her in her childhood. Her biological daughter thanks her for relinquishing her to other family members to raise.

Andrea Joesbury's family has spoke out from the earliest days about their disagreement with portraying these young women from the angle of their addictions or their life on the streets rather than remembering them as human beings with lives and families.

``I am content with the image I have in my heart of Andrea, as well as the rest of the family,'' Cummer wrote.

``We know all her faults and blessings and her smiling face is with each and everyone she had met.''

It's my hope that everyone will look past all of the blemishes in people's lives and remember that really human being died a horrible death on that farm in BC and focus on justice for them rather than the difficulties in their lives.


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