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March honours memory of 300 women who died

Lora Grindlay
The Province; with a file by Canadian Press

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Walking with framed portraits of her murdered daughter, Robin Ashton found comfort yesterday among the tears of the 15th annual Women's Memorial March.

It was the second year Ashton has participated in the Valentine's Day march in Vancouver's Gastown since her 19-year-old daughter, Kandace Kemp, was killed on May 20, 2003.

"She was living at the Regent Hotel with her boyfriend," Ashton said of her daughter, an artist. "He brutally beat her to death and tried to dispose of her body in a dumpster."

The march drew hundreds in honour of women from the Downtown Eastside who die every year due to violence, homelessness, poverty, addictions and illness.

The names of about 300 women, including those identified as victims of alleged serial killer Robert Pickton, were listed on a memorial pamphlet.

As drummers played the "Women's Warrior" song, roses were placed where some of the women died.

"If we stick together as a community, hopefully we can make it a safer place for women," said Ashton, who now volunteers in the area. "If my story can help one person, then my daughter won't be forgotten."

- Prince George RCMP are still trying to identify the remains of a female found Friday at the side of Hwy. 16. Two females were reported missing in the area last week. Seven other women have gone missing on Hwy. 16 since 1990, but police said the latest remains were found on Hwy. 16 east. The other women who went missing disappeared from Hwy. 16 west.

lgrindlay@png.canwest.com

 The Vancouver Province 2006

Missing women march draws hundreds

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