Slain Okanagan woman and daughters to be remembered at vigil

“We wanted to make sure it didn’t go by without being noticed…”

Clara Forman and her two young daughters, Karina and Yesenia, will be remembered at a candlelight vigil in Kelowna tomorrow night, less than two weeks after their lives were taken.

“Myself and another good friend, we heard the news (that Clara and her daughters had been killed) and it felt so close to home,” said Sharon Fisher, one of two women who organized the event.

Fisher is from Mexico , her co-organizer is from Guatemala and they both have young children.

They also have a keen understanding of the isolation that comes with moving far from home and building a new life as a foreigner.

RELATED: KELOWNA MAN CHARGED WITH TRIPLE HOMICIDE

“You leave everything behind when you come to Canada and to have something like that happen… we wanted to make sure it didn’t go by without being noticed,” she said.

“We also want women who may be in abusive situations to know there is help out there, so we have the Elizabeth Fry Society coming to give information.”

Fisher didn’t know Clara, and said that she’s reached out through the Latino community to see if anyone else did. So far, efforts have come up short. They’ve also yet to make contact with her family.

Regardless, she said that Clara and her children were family.

RELATED: FAMILY GRAPPLE TO UNDERSTAND MURDER

“When you’re away from your own family, your Latino community becomes your family,” she said.

The event starts at 5:30 p.m. and there will be speakers, a moment of silence and Mexican music that would have made Clara feel at home.

“We want the (greater) community to be there, so the Latino community feels support of their neighbours,” she said.

Fisher said she’s also heard there will be a memorial for Clara and the children Dec. 31 at the Delta Grand.

Clara’s husband Jacob Forman has been charged with second degree murder for events that occurred between Dec. 17 and Dec. 19.

RELATED: LAWYER SPEAKS ABOUT FORMAN

No details on how the alleged crime occurred have been released. The Mounties have just said they were called to the Rutland home on a Tuesday afternoon where they found the bodies. Forman was taken into custody at that time and charged with three counts of murder the next day. He’s still in custody.

Clara met Forman at a religious retreat in Mexico, where he was training to be a pastor. She wrote on Facebook that she met Forman 12 years ago.

“Met in January, started dating in July, engaged Oct. 27, married three weeks later on Nov. 11 at sunset. When I married Jacob Forman I left everything I knew to come to Canada and build a life,” she wrote, Nov. 11, 2015.

“God blessed our feeble efforts with good jobs, good friends, a great church family and most importantly, two of the best little humans a couple of people could ask for. Ten years later you are still the person I want to grow old with.”

The vigil is scheduled to take place from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 28, in Stuart Park, by the Christmas tree.

To report a typo, email: edit@kelownacapnews.com.



kmichaels@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Federal candidates talk most pressing issues in Revelstoke

Concerns include jobs, logging, climate change, affordable housing, Highway 1

Kootenay-Columbia riding candidates have Canada’s highest expense limit

Facebook data also shows who is buying ads on the social media website

Revelstoke roads and weather: avalanche control planned

Expect 20 min road closures west of Revelstoke on Oct. 21

Competition shakes up for the Okanagan Mixoff

The Okanagan Mixoff takes place Nov. 7 in Kelowna

Woman, 24, faces life-altering injuries after being dragged 4 blocks by vehicle in Vancouver

A gofundme account says the woman will have to undergo multiple complex surgeries

Fatal overdoses down by 33% in B.C., but carfentanil deaths continue to spike

Carfentanil, an illicit drug more powerful than fentanyl, causing more deaths than ever

South Okanagan dangerous offender guilty plea struck down

Trial delayed again because Ronald Teneycke failed to elect his choice of trial

Six bears destroyed in three days in West Kelowna

A West Kelowna business has been charged for leaving garbage around Lake Okanagan Resort

Police standoff ends peacefully in West Kelowna

A distraught man was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon

A year after pot legalization in Canada, it’s a slow roll

It’s one year into Canada’s experiment in legal marijuana, and hundreds of legal pot shops have opened

Most Read