Johannes and Rutie Lampe talk about the pain of losing a daughter, killed by her boyfriend in 2010. (Eddy Kennedy/CBC) Rutie Lampe of Nain says the justice system was too slow to respond when her 20-year-old daughter Kimberly Jararuse was killed by her boyfriend in 2010.
She told her story Thursday to the National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls during its second day in Labrador.
Lucas Abel was convicted of manslaughter in Jararuse’s death and sentenced to seven years. Police told Kimberly Jararuse’s family that she had to file her own complaint about abuse. (Submitted) Lampe said the relationship lasted only 18 months, and was violent from the beginning. She repeatedly called the police about Abel, but said they would sometimes take a long time to respond or not respond at all.
"I called the RCMP a lot of times to see if I could do anything, like charge him. But I couldn’t because she was of age, and she had to make the complaint herself," she said.
Lampe said her daughter couldn’t bring herself to leave, even though she knew she was being abused.
In November 2009, two months before she died, she stumbled in to her mother’s house in a frantic state, saying Abel had choked her.
Lampe called the RCMP but no one responded. Instead, the officer suggested Kimberly make a statement the next day.
"I told her, ‘You better go to the RCMP tomorrow and make a statement," Lampe remembered, "’He almost killed you.”’
Lampe described the pain of losing her daughter, and having to wait two years for the case to go to trial.
Abel was originally charged with second-degree murder, but convicted of manslaughter, in part because Kimberly’s cause of death couldn’t be determined.
Rutie Lampe’s husband, Kimberly’s stepfather, Johannes Lampe also spoke at the inquiry.
"Our story regarding Kimberly is very difficult and heavy for us. It breaks the heart," he said in Inuktitut.
"This is the impact of murder on the heart, on the family." Losing a mother
Amena Evans-Harlick was just six when her mother was killed. Now 21, she was one of the youngest people at the inquiry.
Mary Evans-Harlick, an Inuk from North West River, was adopted by a family in St. John’s when she was an infant. She had two children — Amena’s and her younger brother. Amena Evans-Harlick was six years old when her mother was strangled to death in an apartment in St. John’s. (Eddy Kennedy/CBC) Amena remembers a fun-loving mom who liked making Rice Krispie squares and hiding toys in unexpected places to make her two children laugh.
As a child, she didn’t know the circumstances of her mother’s death; only that she was gone and that someone was responsible."We weren’t allowed to watch TV for a little while," she told the inquiry. Her father didn’t want Amena and her brother too see news coverage about her mother’s case."He just wanted to make sure that we wouldn’t be exposed to that."As she got older, Amena grew curious about her mother’s death."I just wanted to know," she said, "I went years and years without knowing what happened to her."Online searches turned up articles with the horrifying details.On December 12, 2002, Amena’s mother Mary was killed by Scott Joseph Gauthier in his apartment. Mary Evans-Harlick was 24 when she was killed in 2002. (Submitted) According to the reports Amena read online, Gauthier assaulted her mother and then killed her out of fear she’d report him to police."He strangled her with her rawhide necklace and then put her in a sleeping bag and put her in a crawlspace under the stairs."Amena told the inquiry that her mother’s […]
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