Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Two tragedies

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As the trial for one tragedy in Bracebridge draws to a close, early April saw the development of another in town.
In late March, murderer Ian Charles Borbely was convicted of the murder and dismemberment of Samantha Collins, a 29-year-old Bracebridge woman. Her family spoke to reporters outside the courthouse moments after the verdict was delivered.

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Throughout the trial, I was more than impressed at the strength that Collins' mother Dorothy Fowlie displayed. Aside from the company of a few social workers and reporters, Fowlie spent many hours in the courthouse alone. Her family was mostly a three-hour drive away, and couldn't be with her in court because they were to be called as witnesses.

Fowlie and Collins' sister, Nicole Fowlie-Smith, kept a variety of lucky charms by their side throughout the trial

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Not long after the verdict, a double shooting broke out on Curling Road in town. z-shooting(1)XB-LT

In what is being called a murder suicide, 26-year-old Lindsay Wilson was killed as she was packing up to go home to Ajax. I spoke at length with her grandfather about how the young woman lived, and the impression she left on those around her.

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