By Gabrielle Provencher, Social Media Volunteer at WomanACT
On May 23rd 2015, 71-year-old Herma Parkes was found dead in her apartment in Richmond Hill. Her grandson, 23-year-old Cameron Alexander Mossaddad, has been charged with second-degree murder. The cause of death has not been released by the media. 
While family murders rates for 2006 in Canada against seniors seem low (2.5%), one-half of their homicides were committed by a family member, one-quarter (26%) were killed by an acquaintance, and 13% by a stranger. This data represents the personal nature of this violence and how these deaths could be avoided with proper support and reporting.
We would like to take this time to commemorate the tragic death of Herma Parkes, whose life was taken too early.
Special thanks to OAITH for putting together the Annual Femicide List. Since 1995 The Ontario Association of Interval and Transitional Housing began collecting the names of women, and their children, murdered by their intimate partners, as a way to remember victims, honour their lives and advocate for meaningful change.