It has taken me several days to write this post, but it is something that I need to do.
The people of Ottawa woke up this past Monday and either heard on the news or read in the newspaper about the death of Alicia Bateman.
She didn't die in an accident.
She didn't die after a long illness.
She didn't die of any natural causes.
She was murdered by her ex-fiance.
I don't have the heart to go into the details but you can read about the story here.
I met Alicia last year. She was a member of the Canadian contingent that went to a conference in Canberra last May. I got the chance to know her when she joined me for breakfast.
The funeral will be in Calgary and there will be a memorial for her at her workplace here in Ottawa. Since she worked at CSIS and I don't have the security clearance to get into the building, I am writing the post in tribute to Alicia.
Neighbours described her as cordial and someone who kept to herself. I would like to add something to that description.
Alicia was nice, friendly, intelligent, well thought of, fun loving and down to earth. We spoke of our adventures in Aus, the future, the difficulties of maintaining a long distant relationship, dogs and a few girly things.
You will be missed Alicia. Not because we were close friends and spent a lot of time together, but because the world needs more people like you. While the world may remember you only from your death, I promise to remember you from those days of your life in May 2007.
Until next time
Yours in Yarn,