EDITORIAL: Dealing with a tragedy

The community has rallied together to stand behind the family as they come to grips with the loss.

There are no words to comfort the family of murder victim Eleanor Anthonysz, who died last Friday when the mobile home she lived in was set on fire.

While the suspect has been arrested and charged, the family – including

Anthonysz’s two children who were inside the trailer but miraculously managed to escape – will likely not see justice done for several years as the legal system slowly grinds along.

Even if the suspect is proven guilty it will not replace a lost mother, daughter and friend.

Reportedly, the suspect, Walter Joseph Ramsay, has three children of his own. They will also have to deal with the loss of a father, if he is found guilty.

If there is any glimmer of hope in this dark time, it lies in the actions of friends, neighbours and strangers.

The community has rallied together to stand behind the family as they come to grips with the loss. The entire communities of Mission and Hatzic are showing their support.

Fundraising events, large and small, are being held to raise money for the children, not only to replace items lost in the fire, but to ensure the kids, and their grandmother who will now take care of them, have what they need to move forward.

It’s the only thing they can do to help – to provide funds, comfort and perhaps, some hope.