Family and friends of slain Okanagan teenager Ashlee Hyatt will gather this week to honour her life on the second anniversary of her death.
“We want to remember her and celebrate her life not how she was taken from us, we want to think of what makes us happy when we think of Ashlee,” said her mother, Charrie, adding it will also offer time to reflect on some of the good that has come from their personal tragedy.
“We know that people have learned from her death and don’t carry weapons and have changed their lives for the good.”
Friends and family of the teen will gather at the docks in Peachland in the evening of June 2, although Charrie intends to be at a memorial bench nearby most of the day. Anyone who wants to stop by with flowers or “reflect on Ashlee in their own way” is welcomed.
At around 9 p.m., those who have gathered will release balloons or float electric candles into the lake, to light up the night.
A West Kelowna teenager is accused of murdering Hyatt at a Peachland house party on San Clemente Avenue in the summer of 2010. She cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
A trial will be held Oct 15.