On December 6th we remember the 14 women murdered in the Montreal Massacre and we also remember women experiencing violence or who are at risk of violence.
In 2016, there were too many women killed in Hamilton. Quite often the media does not name their deaths as gender based violence.
Recognizing their deaths is an opportunity for action.
We need space to mourn their loss. We need space for our sadness and anger. We need to say their sames and to remember their lives.
- Tammy Le – 25 years old, January 23 2016
“We honour and remember – Tammy Le, and the other workers who have survived and lost their lives to violent ends. May they live on in our hearts and provide us with great strength and integrity as we stand up for human dignity and the right for all sex workers to live free from violence, racism, and discrimination” – Asian Migrant Sex Workers Network
“Tammy Le was murdered as a direct result of gender-based violence and not because of how she chose to earn a living.” – Woman Abuse Working Group
- Aerlaena Smith – 19 years old, April 16, 2016
Her mother described her as free-willed with an uncontained spirit. She had an angelic voice and enjoyed music in every sense, and earned the name Rainbow for her changing hair. She had two children she loved.
- Jenna Gonzolla – 34 years old, April 18, 2016
Jenna was found dead in an apartment in Hamilton. She was a teacher for adult learners at St. Charles Adult and Continuing Education Centre.
- Sang Ju (Gina) Milroy – 69 years old, April 27, 2016
Gina was retired, but was a manager at Tim Hortons. Her colleagues described her as a great manager and fun to work with. She will be missed by many relatives in South Korea, and was a loving mother, sister, cousin, and aunt.
- Marilyn Mitton – 65 years old, July 31, 2016
Marilyn was a senior living in downtown Hamilton.
This list is based on the Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses‘ yearly femicide list and is probably, unfortunately, not complete. If you have a name to add to the list please contact us.