Not too long ago, on the river bank by the POCO Trail I noticed a memorial that said “Remember Breann.” At that time, I had no idea who Breann was or what happened to her, but I wondered why she had died there.
Lucy and I have walked past the plain, white cross a few times now and each time I have wondered who Breann might have been. There are a number of drug and alcohol users who frequent the parks and spend time under the bridges along the POCO Trail, so my first thought was that perhaps Breann had overdosed and died a lonely death right there on the river bank.
Then I thought about doing a Google search… and I found out what really happened to this poor girl. In December of 2002, nineteen-year-old Breann Voth was raped and murdered and her naked body left on the river bank, where the cross is now standing. While she probably didn’t die there, it was where she was found.
I suspected the memorial was erected to commemorate the tenth anniversary of her death, because I had walked past there many times and only noticed it recently. However, from what I discovered online, it probably has been there all along. Perhaps the words have recently been repainted, because I found a photo online in which the words were barely visible and now they can be clearly seen in black paint. This all happened long before I moved to Port Coquitlam, so I had never heard about this horrendous event. The nest time Lucy and I walk past Breann’s memorial, we will pay our respects. Lucy might only sniff for squirrels and such, but I will say a few words from my heart.
Breann’s murderer (Derek Post) was found and convicted and is serving a life sentence.
Did you know that the crime rate in Canada is the lowest it has been since 1972? Mass media reporting of crimes has made us feel very unsafe, but we really shouldn’t feel that way!