Missing woman's brother desires memorial cairn
Thursday, September 06, 2007
The brother of a missing Downtown Eastside woman wants a memorial cairn erected near the Pickton pig farm in Port Coquitlam.
The memorial is meant to celebrate the lives of his sister Dawn and the 64 other women who are missing, not point an accusatory finger, said Ernie Crey.
"It is a tribute to their memory. It's not intended to be a slap to anyone's face or to accuse anyone," he said.
Dawn Crey disappeared from the Downtown Eastside in December 2000. Her DNA was discovered at the Pickton farm in Port Coquitlam, but no charges have been laid in her disappearance.
Robert "Willie" Pickton is charged with the murder of 26 women. His trial for six of those charges is under way in B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster.
The memorial will provide a place for families to reflect on the loss of their loved ones. It will also serve as a reminder against apathy, said Crey. "I don't think British Columbians should ever forget what happened here. So many [women] went missing before the investigation got under way. We shouldn't make that same mistake again."
Crey is eyeing two potential sites -- on a piece of municipally owned land between the Pickton farm and Dominion Avenue, and a commercial strip mall across the street from the farm.
Some families of the missing women have also expressed interest in a memorial, said Crey, adding he mentioned the idea casually to Port Coquitlam Coun. Mike Forrest 18 months ago but the reaction "wasn't encouraging."
Forrest declined comment.
City spokeswoman Kathleen Vincent said no formal request has been received.
"It needs to come forward in written form to the city and then it will be considered," she said.
Crey said he plans to submit a formal proposal next month.
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