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Traci's life & tragic death

There were flowers on a table and a large photo of Traci Genereaux projected on a screen as a vigil was held for the Vernon teen Tuesday. Meanwhile, the circumstances of her tragic death remain shrouded in mystery.

Genereaux's parents and other members of her family filled the front seats ahead of the service at the Upper Room Mission while two RCMP officers stood quietly at the back.

Genereaux, who was known to have worked the streets for a time to feed a drug habit, disappeared in May.

But it was only earlier this month, weeks after RCMP officers swooped down on a farm in Silver Creek and started digging, did her family learn that her body had been found. Her death is considered suspicious, police have said. No one has been charged.

“A lot of the street people had known Traci,” said Meagan Louis, an activist of behalf of missing and murdered women, who attended the service. “Every single person we had talked to when we were canvassing the streets, even last night, everybody knew her and everybody had nice things to say about her.”

Genereaux's dad, Darcy, said Traci had been trying to turn her life around when she went missing.

As well as street people who knew her, others who attended the vigil came from the Native Friendship Centre and the Women's Transition House.

“The police aren't saying much about what happened to her, probably for good reason, but I know that the family does want closure,” Louis said.

While Genereaux has been found, four other women from the North Okanagan and Shuswap regions are still missing.

Louis called it a bittersweet day.

“(Traci's) family know they have their loved one back (but) there are four other families in limbo.”

Police spent weeks searching the Shuswap farm before departing and handing the property back over to its owners.



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