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LETTER:Verdict unleashes emotion

Lillian Beaudoin and Ella Marin console each other during a candlelight vigil to remember the victims of convicted killer Robert Pickton after a jury found him guilty of six counts of second-degree murder. Emotions shown by relatives of the victims sparked a response from a letter writer.  - MARIO BARTEL / BLACK PRESS
Lillian Beaudoin and Ella Marin console each other during a candlelight vigil to remember the victims of convicted killer Robert Pickton after a jury found him guilty of six counts of second-degree murder. Emotions shown by relatives of the victims sparked a response from a letter writer.
— image credit: MARIO BARTEL / BLACK PRESS

As I listened to the guilty verdicts on the Pickton trial, I was overcome with emotion; even as I write this letter, I am still weepy.

I didn’t know any of the women or anyone involved in this case (although a close family member was served jury notice last year), did not even follow the trial very closely, but when I heard about the Papin family’s emotional response to the verdicts I immediately choked up and somehow felt a connection to the families and their overwhelming loss.

Perhaps it’s because during this time, the holiday season, we spend more time with our loved ones. I am reminded that the world is full of cruelties and these families will never be able to rejoice in the holiday season in the same way that others have been blessed with.

Perhaps some family members may not be entirely happy about the outcome (first-degree murder would have been preferred), but 12 members of the public entrusted with the respect of their loved ones’ memories agreed that Mr. Pickton brutally snuffed out those six women’s existence without so much as a second thought.

My deepest hope is that the families will attain some form of closure from this. I learned today that you don’t have to know someone to love them and feel compassion for them.

G.G. St. Jean, Langley

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