UPDATE: Woman found in Mount Pearl park dies in hospital, RNC says
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- Ms K
- - January 8, 2013 at 05:11:30
I'm very sorry for this family's loss. Although I do not know the full situation, I believe both St John's and Mt Pearl need to consider better safety options. After the recent rash if sexual assaults downtown, I went to the RNC building to see what I could do to protect myself and what safety measures may be being put in place. The response "don't walk alone". Considering when I walk to my vehicle downtown that's not usually possible, that is not good enough. I asked about self defense devices and spray, none of it is legal. A item used in self defense against an unarmed individual can be considered a weapon. So a (wo)man being attacked by a physically stronger attacker can have no assistance to defend themselves unless the attacker is armed. (At least that is what members of the RNC told me)
- Ms K
- - January 8, 2013 at 04:55:33
With all the recent attention to assaults, particularly sexual assaults downtown, I inquired at the RNC building what an average (wo)man can do if faced with a dangerous person. "Don't walk alone". There has to be a better answer than that. Any self defense item can be considered a weapon and may cause the defender to get charged instead of the more physically powerful attacker. I am sorry for this family's loss; Although I do not know the full situation I think there should be more safety options than "Don't walk alone" (even to your car).
- - January 8, 2013 at 01:41:08
Does it matter what McLeans, Time, MUN crime study etc has to say?? we live in a society of humans as any other community and at any time at any place crime can happen. We all need to be aware of surroundings. In any event this might very well have been a suicide...so think before you jump to conclusions. Our police dept is on the ball and do a very good job considering what they have to deal with. This is life people.
- - January 7, 2013 at 23:21:38
This is tragic and senseless.... hope the family finds healing here. To the OTHER Christine, I believe you are completely accurate! We are one of the most safest cities/province to live in. It's unfortunate that this dear lady had to die. Nobody deserves that! God bless and remember that she is the victim and may God rest her soul.
- - January 7, 2013 at 18:57:53
This is a sad situation for anyone connnected to this person. Very tragic. with regard to RJ , 60% of people get 53% of statistics wrong 74% of the time. Somewhere I heard this stat..
- - January 7, 2013 at 18:53:56
Although I did 'hear a rumor' somewhere at one point RJ, something about St. John's and violent crimes, you are completely INCORRECT about our crime rates. Both Stats Can and Maclean's show similar results, the only crime where we even fall on the radar is for B&Es (and we're at the bottom of the list), but if you look at the provincial comparison for canadian cities here, http://www2.macleans.ca/worst-cities/ you'll see that St. John's NL is definately the safest bet in all of Canada. It is a shame what happened to this poor woman, goes to show there's crazies everywhere!
- Janet Humber
- - January 7, 2013 at 17:27:13
The public needs to not get into panic mode...obviously the RNC would inform us if we or our children were at risk!!
- - January 7, 2013 at 17:20:14
RJ, I'm wondering what your source was that St. John's had the "highest violent crime rate in all of Canada in 2012"? I can't find any 2012 stats online really. I always thought Winnipeg was the big winner of that "prize" every year. I think that if they're being this tight lipped there is no doubt there was foul play. Plus... they don't call in the big shot detectives when someone slips and hurts themselves on a walking trail. Something bad happened to this women, and I don't blame people for worrying!
- - January 7, 2013 at 17:10:03
My Prayers go out to her family, what a tragic event so close to the end of the holiday season. May she RIP.
- - January 7, 2013 at 16:33:34
Not good when stuff like this happens :(
- - January 7, 2013 at 14:20:51
I would hope that there isn't a threat to the public being hidden from us
- - January 7, 2013 at 11:20:54
Later to day they will be asking for public assiatance
- Common sense
- - January 7, 2013 at 09:14:17
If there was a threat to public safety the rnc would without a doubt notify the public of this risk. Chances are if they haven't then it's an issue that's being dealt with.
- - January 7, 2013 at 08:49:56
As a parent of 2 school-aged kids living in the area, it concerns me that there are 4 schools in this direct area, but we have no idea if there is any safety threat to everyone, but most importantly the school children, in the area. I would like to think that if there was a safety concern for the public with this developing "situation", the Police would make that known so people could take appropriate precautions.
- - January 7, 2013 at 08:39:39
town is gone mad and so has i