The teen charged with second-degree murder for fatally stabbing another teen, Ashlee Hyatt, will have her fate put into the hands of a jury.
At the end of a six-day pretrial hearing, Judge Jane Cartwright committed the teenager— whose name is under a publication ban due to her age—to trial for the charge. If she’s convicted, she may face an adult sentence.
Hyatt was stabbed June 2, 2010, outside a house party in Peachland. The fatal altercation has been described by her friends as a “completely stupid” tragedy—and a wakeup call about the perils of violence. “It’s just not worth it when you can take someone’s life so quickly, or have your own life taken away from you,” wrote Ashlee’s friend Hollie Locke in a recent letter to the Capital News. “Ashlee is never going to come back now, and I will never be able to do the things we used to do with each other again.”
Ashlee’s mother Charrie has also struggled with the loss. In addition to attending court everyday in hopes a trial for the second-degree murder charge would be granted, she’s tried to create something positive.
Numerous fundraising efforts for the Ashlee Hyatt Memorial Bursary have taken place over the last year. That account is held at the Central Okanagan Bursary and Scholarship Society, 1-616 KLO Road, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 4X4. Mail should be addressed to Pauline Kirk and cheques made out to COBSS, with Ashlee Hyatt Memorial Bursary written in the memo line