To the editor:
My name is Hollie Locke and I was a friend of Ashlee Hyatt. Ashlee was only 16 years old when she was stabbed to death outside her friends house party on June 2, 2010.
A simple fight had broken out…over something that would soon be looked at as completely stupid.
As soon as Ashlee’s murder broke out to all of our friends and of course her family, everything was in a panic. I just remember everyone being so frantic, everyone was calling their friends, posting goodbyes to Ashlee on Facebook and of course they were confused not knowing all of the answers of what really happened.
Not knowing if what people were saying was true, it was all a huge, tragic, and scary mess for me. What has really stuck with me in finding out about what happened to Ashlee was the way I was told. I was sleeping at home and about one in the morning my boyfriend called me. He was so short and sounded in such shock, then he blurted it out. He told me “Ashlee’s dead” and , thats it.
I didn’t know what to think, I didn’t believe him at first I just thought it was all a sick joke. I started to panic and cry, then I called her over and over and she wouldn’t pick up her phone. I texted her saying “everyone thinks your dead Ashlee, where are you?” and obviously she never answered me.
Eventually I found out what happened and I was devastated. I felt alone and I was so scared. I didn’t know how this possibly could have happened to my friend.
Like everyone else, you see horrible stories on the news, you read articles in the paper and you feel for these people who have gone through things like this, but you really have no idea until it happens to you. I never thought something so life changing would ever happen to me. I never thought I would be a person to go through having a friend I was so close with, murdered. It’s such an indescribable feeling to know that she was taken by someone we all knew, by someone we thought was so innocent, and by someone we all sat in class with.
It will always send chills up my spine knowing I will never see Ashlee again.
The reason I wanted to write this letter was so all the kids now going into high school, middle school or any type of school can learn from Ashlee’s death. I just want kids to know that fighting in school or at parties just doesn’t make sense. If something were to turn horribly wrong and you were to accidentally injure someone or even kill them, how would you feel? How would your family feel? How would their family feel?
I want everyone to stop and think before they make such a simple decision to fight someone. It’s just not worth it when you can take someones life so quickly, or have your own life taken away from you.
Ashlee is never going to come back now, and I will never be able to do the things we use to do with each other again.
I know for some people reading this it may just be a letter in the paper, but I really hope Ashlee’s death can make a difference for some people in our city.
Ashlee was an amazing person, she was really someone who can never be replaced. She was so full of happiness, kindness and she was my best friend. I will always love and miss her.
Hollie Locke, West Kelowna