Monday, January 09, 2006

Press Clippings--Part IV

October marks sad anniversaries
By Ian Howarth, The Suburban

Kelly-Anne Drummond was murdered a year ago today. ‘Her presence is still with us,’ says her mother Doreen Haddad-Drummond.

Haddad-Drummond will remember Kelly-Anne at a private family mass today.
For Doreen Haddad-Drummond, this Oct. 5 is the first in a lifetime of sad anniversaries.
Her daughter Kelly-Anne Drummond, an all-round athlete and achiever, was murdered last Oct. 5. Martin Morin-Cousineau, Drummond’s live-in boyfriend, was charged with second degree murder in the case and is awaiting trial March 6th.

“It’s a very sad time,” Haddad-Drummond said. “The loss is so immense, it’s difficult to describe. Her presence is still with us, but I miss her something awful.” Kelly-Anne will be remembered in a private family mass today, but the borough of Pierrefonds will also be marking the loss of two of its young residents in a ceremony October 23, where a monument to École Polytechnique de Montréal massacre of 1989 victim and Pierrefonds resident, Anne-Marie Edward, was erected in 1992. Borough councillor Bert Ward said the ceremony would include plaques honoring the memory of Drummond and Janet Kuchinsky, who was murdered returning to her Pierrefonds home from her nightly Saturday walk on July 11, 1999. Her death remains a cold case for police.

The monument, located in Grier Park in Pierrefonds, is one Ward describes as “a place, which says no to violence. These women were volunteers and residents of Pierrefonds. We want them to be remembered.”

Drummond will be further remembered in a fundraiser for the Kelly-Anne Drummond Foundation on November 26th with a memorial service at St. Marks Anglican Church in Dorval, followed by a candlelight walk to the Sarto Desnoyers Community Centre. There the Quebec Lifesaving Society is hosting a $45 per person catered event to raise money for lifesaving development, training and equipment. In the months before her death, Drummond competed in the World Lifesaving Championships in Viarregio, Italy, competing against some of the world’s top lifesaving athletes. She was also playing rugby with the Concordia Stingers women’s team.

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