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‘Strawberry Ceremony’ to honour aboriginal women missing or murdered – Toronto Star

Gatherings at Toronto police headquarters and across Canada on Friday focus attention on native women, who are 7 times more likely to be murdered.

Feb 13 2014

It’s been 21 years since Trish Carpenter was found jammed head first into a 55-by-58-centimetre hole on a construction site just across from the Eaton Centre.

She was only 14, had just given birth to son Dakota two months earlier and, as the autopsy indicated, had a near-lethal level of alcohol in her bloodstream.

The police called it an accident, saying she had somehow stumbled into the hole head-first, or perhaps was reaching for some coins at the bottom of the two-metre-deep hole, when she got stuck and died from asphyxiation.

But neither the construction workers who made the gruesome discovery that September morning, nor the coroner’s inquest, nor Carpenter’s mother, Joyce, fully accepted the results of the police investigation.

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