By Alyssa Hussein, Social Media Volunteer at WomanACT
On March 25th, 2015, 26-year-old Renee Neganiwina was killed in a fire in her home. The detective investigating the death assuredly claimed that the fire was intentionally set and soon after, her partner who lived with her, Joseph Snelgrove, was charged with second-degree murder. Renee’s neighbours often heard quarrelling coming from their home.
Renee was a young woman who was very social and worked well with people. Her parents and siblings “remember her as a fantastic cook who also had a knack for hairstyling”. Renee worked at a factory and a hair salon where she could display her hairstyling skills while she was in the process of finding work with a temp agency.
Renee’s neighbours, friends and family had a difficult time accepting the death of this young, spirited woman. Today we would like to commemorate Renee and her passions in addressing the context of such an atrocity. Renee was killed at the hands of her intimate partner. This is a reminder to always communicate and understand relationships of our loved ones. This is also a call to action in emphasizing that no matter what the situation is, acts of violence are not acceptable.
#EndVAW #IPV #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.