By Alyssa Hussein, Social Media Volunteer at WomanACT
On March 28th, 2015, Torontonian Kathryn Horne, a Service Quality Assessment Manager for a financial firm on Bay Street was found dead at Richard Pereira’s home in Brampton. According to reports, Kathryn and Richard were acquaintances and she was visiting him at his home before the murder. Her body was found with signs of trauma.
Neighbours and mother of Richard have voiced their concern about him, saying that he was “disturbed” and suffered from “paranoid delusions”. Friends of Kathryn were in shock that this had occurred to such a happy and optimistic woman. “Her personality would brighten up the whole room”, said a friend who had kept in touch with Kathryn through social media.
We would like to take this opportunity to commemorate the tragic and unfortunate death of Kathryn Horne. This is a call to action to health services and organizations to promote mental health awareness as well as services. Everyone requires support during times of need and the resources are available. In attempts to encourage mental health awareness, we also call to end stigma around mental health concerns considering conversations and understanding are essential towards providing supportive environments.
#EndVAW #MentalHealth #awareness
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.
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