VIDEO: Hundreds line highway as family brings home body of B.C. teen

Northern B.C. showed their support by lining Hwy 16 as Jessica Patrick’s body returned to Smithers.

Jessica Patrick

Jessica is home.

Friends and family of Jessica Patrick drove her body back to Smithers Thursday in a convoy from Prince George. People lined up along Highway 16 in communities all along the way to greet them and show support.

Jessica was back Thursday afternoon. About 200 were at Goat Park at Highway 16 and Main Street to show solidarity, many shouting “justice for Jessica” as the line of at least a dozen vehicles passed by.

Jessica’s father Michael Balczer thanked the community of all peoples who live in northern B.C. for their outpouring of support.

“My daughter’s opened my eyes. She’s opened my eyes to this community of Smithers. I didn’t really know there was so much compassion in Smithers, as well as from Prince George all the way to Smithers,” he said.

Balczer said there was a unity to how everyone is coming together after the tragedy that took away his daughter.

“What the elders [said] to me is Jessica’s really powerful right now, and in her power she’s using it to gather these people: all kinds of nations, no matter if you’re white, black, Hispanic — we’re all here as one; we’re all here as equal,” he said.

Solidarity by Woodmere Nursery (5:30), Telkwa (9:20) and Smithers (22:00)

When asked if he wanted to say anything else, he again thanked the community for its support and finished with the call sounded by many this day:

“Justice for Jessica.”

Drumming in Prince George Wednesday

The BC Coroner’s Office and the RCMP have still as of Thursday late afternoon not confirmed the human remains they found last weekend are those of Jessica, where the remains were found, or any circumstances surrounding her death. The Interior News has asked repeatedly for more information and was told Thursday morning a press release from RCMP media relations and Smithers RCMP would be forthcoming after approved.

All the RCMP has confirmed so far is human remains were found and a major crimes unit was investigating.

Family and other sources confirmed the body is hers and that she was found on Hudson Bay Mountain.

The 18-year-old leaves behind a young daughter.

A memorial being held at the Dze L K’Ant Friendship Centre hall on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. is open to the public.

 

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