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Missing women’s kin recollect loved ones

Hundreds of people march through the streets from which the women disappeared over the past 20 years

Canadian Press

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

VANCOUVER - Valentine's Day is a day of remembrance for the families of dozens of women missing from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.

CREDIT: Glenn Baglo, Vancouver Sun
They left a red rose for each missing woman

Hundreds of people took part in a ceremony Monday and marched through the same streets from which the women disappeared over the past 20 years.

"We live every day wondering what happened to our loved ones," said Ernie Crey, whose sister Dawn is among the missing and whose DNA was found on a Port Coquitlam pig farm.

CREDIT: Glenn Baglo, Vancouver Sun
People marched down the main street to
remember the women missing from the downtown
eastside

"How did they die and will there be in the end justice for them?"

Maggie de Vries, whose sister Sarah vanished seven years ago, said she's just now accepting that her sister's DNA has been found on the pig farm.

Farm owner Robert Pickton is facing 15 counts of first-degree murder and the Crown expects to lay seven more charges.

De Vries told the crowd she'll be attending Pickton's trial, where she expects to be bombarded with very difficult information.

© The Vancouver Sun 2005

Downtown Eastside rally for women killed, missing

February 14, 2005 - 12:37 pm
By: Lyle Fisher
NEWS1130

About one hundred men and women in the downtown eastside are holding a rally at Main and Hastings, to remember the many women who were killed, or who are still missing, from Canada's poorest neighbourhood.  This is the 14th year the Women's Memorial March has been held in Vancouver.  Local Community Service Worker Marlene Trick says it began in 1991 after the murder of a Native prostitute.  She says the woman was dismembered and the community was outraged.  Trick says she would like to see the government put more money into services for women.

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Vancouver's missing women remembered in march

Mon, 14 Feb 2005

CBC News

VANCOUVER - More than 500 people marched in Vancouver on Monday in an annual Valentine's Day memorial for dozens of women who have died or gone missing from the Downtown Eastside.

The march began at the Carnegie Centre at Main and Hastings, and stopped for prayers and flowers at locations where sex-trade workers were last seen – or were found murdered.

Former drug addict Maggie Gisle, who used to live and work on the streets, took part in the ceremony.

Gisle said 50 of her friends are missing, including Cara Ellis who helped her get off the streets.

Ellis's DNA was found last year at the Port Coquitlam farm owned by Robert Pickton, who has been charged with 15 counts of first-degree murder.

· FROM DEC. 20, 2004: Pickton trial date delayed again

Many of the alleged victims disappeared from the Downtown Eastside and the Crown expects to lay seven more charges.

More than 60 women have disappeared from the downtrodden neighbourhood since the 1980s, most of them prostitutes and drug addicts.

Gisle said fear for her life is what finally forced her off the street nearly seven years ago.

"I've been hurt down here a number of times, fought for my life and I just knew it was a matter of time, and I didn't want to die down here and not have lived."

Marlene Trick, one of the rally's organizers, said the march will continue to be a yearly event "until the violence against the sex-trade workers and women everywhere comes to an end."

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Families of missing women mark sad day

Broadcast News

February 14, 2005

VANCOUVER -- Valentine's Day is a day of remembrance for the families of dozens of women missing from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.

Hundreds of people took part in a ceremony and march through the same streets where the women disappeared.

Maggie de Vries, whose sister Sarah vanished seven years ago, says she's just now accepting that her sister's DNA has been found on a Port Coquitlam pig farm.

She told the crowd she'll be attending Robert Pickton's trial, where she expects to be bombarded with very difficult information.

Pickton is accused of killing 15 of Vancouver's missing women and the Crown expects to lay about seven more charges.

The DNA of Ernie Crey's sister Dawn has also been found on the farm.

He told the group his family wonders every day how their sister died, or if there will ever be justice for her killer.

© Broadcast News 2005

Missing women

Feb, 14 2005 - 5:00 PM

VANCOUVER(CKNW/AM980) -- Friends and family of Vancouver's missing women are preparing themselves for what will likely be a lenghthy and painful trial in the hopes they might get some answers.

A memorial and march has been held for the over 50 women missing from Vancouver's downtown eastside.

Maggie DeVries says while her sister Sarah died several years ago, she's been trying to focus on her life, something she says will be tough once the Robert Pickton trial begins.

DeVries and others who spoke at the memorial suggest more women will die unless the relationship changes between the Vancouver Police Department and residents of the downtown eastside .

 

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Updated: August 21, 2016