Monday, April 13, 2009

Karissa remembered

2009-04-13 10:33:54

For some in the Bridgewater area, it is a memorial to a young life taken too soon.  And for some of her family, it's a painful reminder of how Karissa Boudreau's life ended.  In the days after her body was found on the outskirts of Bridgewater, the site became a place where people left teddy bears, poems and notes of compassion.  Volunteers have been keeping the site clean and there have been other tributes and memorials to the young murdered girl on the spot since last year.  A family member has posted a note on a Facebook site that says all of the items have been removed according to the wishes of the family.  Tracy Crouse writes they "don't want to forget the public's help through the tragedy their family has endured" adding they appreciate the "kind words thoughts and prayers, donations to the animal shelter and for everyone's time keeping the site clean and beautiful".   Crouse goes on to say the family has a different outlook on what that site means and if people want to plant a flower or two in memory of Karissa that would be appreciated.  But they say they want to remember her for the good things she had done and represents, not how she died or where she was found.   Karissa was murdered by her mother who later claimed she had run off in a snowstorm last year. Her body was found over the bank along the LaHave River just outside of Bridgewater.