Family members speak out about murder tragedy
Published Tuesday, June 3, 2008 2:59PM MDT
Members of Amber Bowerman's family gathered at SAIT Polytechnic Tuesday morning to talk about the slain woman's life.
Bowerman was living in a Dalhousie home last week when police believe she was killed by the home's owner 34-year-old Joshua Lall.
Lall's wife Alison and his two daughters, Kristen and Rochelle were also killed.
One-year-old Anna was the only survivor.
"Amber made a difference in the lives of people around her," said her husband, Chris Bowerman. "In our lives."
Lolly James, Bowerman's aunt, says her niece won't be forgotten.
"This wasn't just our loss," said James. "This was the world's loss. Amber was someone special."
Susan Webb, Bowerman's mother, says the 30-year-old had a great impact during her life and she will be remembered by those who knew her and read her creative writing.
In honour of her memory, her family shared the wine she was drinking shortly before her death.
"On the day that this happened she was drinking some wine and cooking dinner," said Webb. "[Sharing the wine is] what she would have wanted."
Family members told CTV that they decided to speak out to help them deal with Bowerman's tragic death.
They say they have been overwhelmed by the support offered by the community and are united in their grief.
Bowerman was, they say, in the wrong place at the wrong time.
A journalism and scholarship fund is being set up to honour the young woman and her talent for writing.
There will be a public funeral at McInnis Holloway on Elbow Drive S.W. at 2:30 pm on Wednesday, June 4th.
Amber Bowerman's family is encouraging everyone to wear fun colours, and the women "party dresses", rather than the traditional black, as they feel she would want to be remembered that way.