Life of murdered Okanagan teen celebrated
Fireworks will light up the night sky above Peachland tomorrow night as family and friends of Ashlee Hyatt gather to celebrate the life of the West Kelowna teenager, who was murdered last June.
At 10 p.m. on Thursday, a member of the Peachland Fire Department will light 25 fireworks, which feature images of chrysanthemum flowers, as those who loved the 16-year-old gather on Beach Avenue.
“I felt we should just send her out a little fireworks show to let her know we love her,” said mom Charrie Hyatt of the event marking the one-year anniversary of the teen’s death.
“It was really important to me to get the flowers up to her…because she’s my baby.”
It was around 9:30 p.m. on June 2, 2010, when police were called to a home on San Clemente Avenue in Peachland after a report of a stabbing.
Ashlee Hyatt died of her injuries and one other girl was injured.
A 16-year-old girl is now facing a charge of second degree murder, along with charges of assault with a weapon and assault causing bodily harm, and is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing in October.
Many of the details about what happened that night are subject to a publication ban.
The fireworks display will take place at the Peachland swim docks on Beach Avenue, a spot where Ashlee used to spend a lot of time.
It’s also just down from a bench erected in Ashlee Hyatt’s memory following her death.
The short event, said Charrie Hyatt, is expected to be an alcohol and drug free evening.
“I hope that everyone respects that so I can do this every year,” said Hyatt.