16-year-old stabbing victim Ashlee Hy...

16-year-old stabbing victim Ashlee Hyatt is shown in this undated family photo.

There are 21 comments on the Vancouver Television story from Jun 12, 2010, titled 16-year-old stabbing victim Ashlee Hyatt is shown in this undated family photo.. In it, Vancouver Television reports that:

Mourners gathered in West Kelowna on Saturday to pay tribute to Ashlee Hyatt, the 16-year-old girl who was stabbed to death earlier this month.

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Diane Wichman

Fort Mcmurray, Canada

#1 Jun 14, 2010
This tragedy is being taken out of perspective. Realize this is a wake up call. Realize this is a real life lesson on how dangerous drugs and alcohol are to the brain. This is what should be emphasized here and what you should be reflecting on, not something you have no control over such as the sentencing, bail, etc. Rather, think about how many times at parties or gatherings has this script been played out and how many more times these type of murders are going to be played out. Everytime you drink or do drugs you are playing russian roullette with your brain (life) affecting not only your life but the whole commmunity. You cld easily be the next killer. Who can tell when your brain is gonna backfire? Who knows when you are going to "snap"?There is no warning. Meditate and/or join a club or start a Web Page which centers around preventing these kinds of horrible, tragic, sad, remorseful, senseless murders, and the like, in your world. Take this opportunity to direct your engery into good energy and do something about it. Take control over something worthwhile. Dissing this person and dissing that person doesn't do anything or help anybody (like Ashlee) The comments only hurt the parents, families and friends (which Ashlee would not like). Create a web page in your community named "The Ashlee/Shaylah PREVENTION group. I'm sure this wld help out all those who have been affected by this incident. If you were murdered would you prefer to be "murdered in vain" or have something positive become of your death? Take control.
anonymous

Kelowna, Canada

#2 Jun 28, 2010
Diane, you really made no suggestion for any kind of action in your piece. I don't mean to play devils advocate but what do you hope to do by creating "web pages" in order to do... what? single-handedly prevent drung and alcohol abuse? Adults spend more time scaring kids away from substances rather than educating kids in how to properly control themselves around them. The old theory that the more censored something is the more likely you are to want it is well represented in the peachland community. I, myself, am a 16 year old from Kelowna and I can definitely tell you that the youth in the okanagan is... Dumb. for lack of a better word. Before you go ranting about support groups and how drugs and alcohol are "Russian roulette for the mind" please take into account that nobody is making an effort to educate. You have your typical backwards hat gangter with their jeans halfway down their butt on every block and this is okay as long as their not using drugs? Its a lifestyle to youth these days and if you're trying to make an impact start by educating youth how to make a decision instead of proposing how to make it for them. thank you.
billy the kid

Westbank, Canada

#4 Sep 22, 2010
you both sound like idiots ^^^^^^^^
anhero

Calgary, Canada

#5 Sep 27, 2010
Diane Wichman wrote:
This tragedy is being taken out of perspective. Realize this is a wake up call. Realize this is a real life lesson on how dangerous drugs and alcohol are to the brain. This is what should be emphasized here and what you should be reflecting on, not something you have no control over such as the sentencing, bail, etc. Rather, think about how many times at parties or gatherings has this script been played out and how many more times these type of murders are going to be played out. Everytime you drink or do drugs you are playing russian roullette with your brain (life) affecting not only your life but the whole commmunity. You cld easily be the next killer. Who can tell when your brain is gonna backfire? Who knows when you are going to "snap"?There is no warning. Meditate and/or join a club or start a Web Page which centers around preventing these kinds of horrible, tragic, sad, remorseful, senseless murders, and the like, in your world. Take this opportunity to direct your engery into good energy and do something about it. Take control over something worthwhile. Dissing this person and dissing that person doesn't do anything or help anybody (like Ashlee) The comments only hurt the parents, families and friends (which Ashlee would not like). Create a web page in your community named "The Ashlee/Shaylah PREVENTION group. I'm sure this wld help out all those who have been affected by this incident. If you were murdered would you prefer to be "murdered in vain" or have something positive become of your death? Take control.
This is by far the dumbest thing I have ever read. Just because someone has taken drugs or drank alcohol does not mean they are turned into some psychotic knife-wielding murderer. The girl who committed this crime is obviously sick in the head, and has been this way long before her casual drug and alcohol use began. Which, assuming by her age of only 16 has probably been within the year.
Stephanie

Penticton, Canada

#6 Apr 15, 2011
such an amazing girl, miss you so much :( you dont know what I would do for just one more day with you... for all you who didnt know this girl, you really missed out. she was something else. keep shining baby girl, your beautiful <3 rest easy, love always
Johann

Kelowna, Canada

#7 Apr 15, 2011
She was hot. Call me shallow cuz I am but I feel sadder when a hot girl is killed than a non-hot girl.
NIkkij

Winnipeg, Canada

#8 Apr 27, 2011
Well come on, it was terrible I cant imagine. yes drugs and alcohol had a hugs part in this,youth/children do not know there limits and as not all people are prone to being an angry hatefull drunk, some are, and this young girl, did change. can you imagine killing one of your best friends? as an adult Iknow my limit and no dont become violent but was once raped because I didnt stop when I should have. These girls at 16 did not know when to stop and it took a drastic turn and it is terribly sad. I believe we need to ocus more on education with our youth. They all experiment, and they need more guideness. There is not a soul on this earth that can say drugs anad alcohol do not ulter their thoughts, reactions, personality. some worse then others, and when you are that young it is that much worse,I work with children, troubled youth everyday and see it far to much,

Since: Jul 11

Location hidden

#9 Jul 10, 2011
This girl that murdered my daughter was not her best friend, she was a girl who had moved to this community from the vancouver area about 6 months before she murdered my daughter, this girl happened to be dating one of my daughters friends and was at all there get togethers, do we believe this girl was messed up before she got to our community, oh yes we do. We believed this girl was Jelous of my daughter and murdered her,plain and simple we will never have answers how a kind and caring girl could be taken in this manner. this girl took the weapon to the get together,this girl gave no signs she was after my daughter, there were pictures my daughter posted 3 days before this girl murdered her from the birthday party of a friend the week before and this girl had her arms around my daughter,laughing with my daughter then killed my daughter. This happened just after 9 pm, this was not a drug and alcholed fueled get together,was there kids drunk there, I am sure,was my daughter drunk,no she wasnt, she had just gotten there just over an hour before this happened to her. so before anyone makes Judgement like diane whichman, no the facts,don't go by what media says, could the girl that killed her been a drunk or drugged up, sure she could have, I don't know,I just know that my daughter was a good girl,would never hurt a fly so the comments you made diane about this was drug and alcohol related is ubsurd and lets say it was, the person to murder someone is a PSYCHO weather they would be drunk or drugged up, ya get what I mean, that made no sense. We will get Justice for our Beautiful Ashlee, it just takes along time. Our Justice system is a Joke,she is being charged with second degree murder with adult charges,thank god!!!!!

Since: Jul 11

Location hidden

#10 Jul 10, 2011
What we really need to do is educate youths that if you are carrying a weapon that weapon is going to kill somebody,then your going to go to prison. Tell your friends you won't hang out with them if they carry weapons because it might be you that weapon gets used on. It is friggin sad when kids need to feel that they should carry weapons, we were all teens once,went to bush parties,hung at our friends houses,I would never have thought someone would stab me to death, this is a wake up call on how disturbed some of our teens are,parents need to wake up too, there is no way those parents had no clue there child had issue, take control of what you created!!!!!! I know I created a kind,beautiful girl who avoided confrentation,who sang and recorded music,who was there for all her friends,who was a mediator when friends argued, that is what I crated a beautiful Angel,they created a monster!!!!!
mkm

Canada

#11 Jul 26, 2011
my heart goes out to you Charrie! RIP Ashlee <3
Diane

High Prairie, Canada

#12 Jul 27, 2011
mkm wrote:
my heart goes out to you Charrie! RIP Ashlee <3
yes, i agree with you, at that time, and at this time, all's i was trying to communicate is: YES this girl is physco even before she drank, or whatever, but the substance she did this night happened to cuz her to snap; and the that night she murdered someone.use affected her brain at that time the wrong way, hence she lost control of reality and her emotions. if she was "straight" she more than likely would of been able to control her jealousy or whatever feelings she had towards your daughter, hence, your daughter would still be here. the kids dont realize how serious things can get when they are all partying, cuz like some one else mentioned, times are different these days, not like when we were teens, there were fights, but fist fights not weapon fights. im making no sense again. alcohol, etc, changes the way people feel, think, etc. and that is the part that worries me about my kids ages 18, 20 and 28. my sons went to your daughter's funeral, so this affected me and that' s why i could not resist on commenting on the subject. only 3 months ago, my nephew in law (29) was murdered in his own home. his two year old daughter saw the whole incident, the mother was doing the night shift so he wasn't found until 6:30am.#24 homicide victim in edm. now we all know he was substance free, as it happened around 4:30am, but we also know that whoever it was, this person is not sane and more than likely was cracked out or something of the sort. i feel people especially the teenagers should recognise how dangerous substance using is. i think that should be the lesson learned from this tragic event. i am definitely not supporting the murderer, im just telling it the way i see it. last stanley cup my youngest son almost kicked to death his brother. they were both in wrong and both were very drunk. if someone hadn't stopped the fight, my oldest son could not be here today. this kind of stuff really worries me and i wish everyone else can see it like i do. it is a rare event when "bad" things happen and both parties or all parties involved we substance free.
hope

Kelowna, Canada

#13 Aug 31, 2011
cherri i am terribly sorry for your loss, i don't have many gal friends in this area because of this kind of thing. girls really lash out in the most unreasonable way, over jealousy acts. i don't know your daughter nor the other girl but have heard enough from people who did. some people really need help, i think it would be mandatory to have some level of counseling in schools, this girl was SO young and this happened! may she rest in peace, and again to her parents i wish you the best, i hope this will change things for the future for many, she was very loved.
Jessica

United States

#14 Sep 14, 2011
To Cherri!

I am sorry for your loss! I couldn't imagine... And I will never understand how anyone at any age can take a life! my best friend was murdered when we were in high school and still no justice has been served and though itmakes me angry I just keep Ito my prayers because I know God will judge them! I hope this girl pays for what she has done to your daughter! It won't bring your child back but it will at least give you and your family a small sense of relief that justice has been served. Again I am so sorry for your loss!
Jessica

United States

#15 Sep 14, 2011
To Diane

First off yes sometimes alcohol & drugs do affect someone's judgement and cause them to over react but not everyone that kills does it bc they were influenced by alcohol or drugs! Everytime someone is murdered the murderer wasn't under the influence of anything they just kill!
I'm sorry this case affected you because of your children and I'm sorry about your nephew but in all honesty this girl killed someone and it "Sounds" like you're trying to make excuses for her and it "Sounds" like you're her lawyer pleading her case! Just let it go! Kids drink and do drugs all the time it doesn't make the kill anyone! So how can you honestly sit there and blame it on the alcohol or anything else other than this girl had a problem and she Chose to take a life! The alcohol didn't make her, nothing made her! She made a choice! The fault is hers alone.
Rhonda

Centerville, TX

#16 Jun 3, 2012
I first would like to extend my condolences to Charri and her family, I didn't personally know Ashlee, but my son and his friends recorded music with her and my nieces knew her and all spoke very highly of her,and were subsequently heartbroken when she was lost to something so brutal, thoughtless and unnecessary. It is my opinion that the girl responsible should be charged with first degree murder as an adult, but then there are so many bleeding hearts and a weakened justice system, it's really no surprise the charges were lessened, I hope justice is served for Ashlee. As for people putting in their two cents on the why's and how's of the incident occurring, wake up, some people are just wired wrong and no amount of councelling or therapy will fix them, I'm sure the parents of the girl who did this had warning signs of violent, irrational behavior and chose to ignore them, sadly, perhaps had they done something earlier, Ashlee would still be here, I do agree that drugs and alcohol cloud judgement, but they do not make one person murder another in this fashion, they are already unstable. Jealousy is an ugly, ugly disease and if someone is already unstable and jealous, they are a ticking time bomb...sadly this bomb went off in a very horrible manner and because of it a beautiful, sweet girl was lost....unbelievable...instead of perhaps ranting about substance abuse, how about we give parents a way to recognize signs of mental instability, perhaps then we won't lose anymore young, promising lives to this kind of ugliness...
Andre and Becky

Caledon, Canada

#17 Oct 16, 2012
Oh Charri (and please share with Greg) I just learned about your terrible loss. Please accept our condolences, I just cannot imagine what pain you must feel. I remember Ashlee as a little girl when you would bring her to the print shop to see her Dad. She was beautiful and such a bundle of joy, full of life. No words can make you feel better, but know that Andre & I grieve with you over this senseless, murderous act. May God be with you during the trial of the accused. Wish we were close by so I could give you a hug.
Concerned mom

Victoria, Canada

#18 Nov 6, 2012
Diane Wichman wrote:
This tragedy is being taken out of perspective. Realize this is a wake up call. Realize this is a real life lesson on how dangerous drugs and alcohol are to the brain. This is what should be emphasized here and what you should be reflecting on, not something you have no control over such as the sentencing, bail, etc. Rather, think about how many times at parties or gatherings has this script been played out and how many more times these type of murders are going to be played out. Everytime you drink or do drugs you are playing russian roullette with your brain (life) affecting not only your life but the whole commmunity. You cld easily be the next killer. Who can tell when your brain is gonna backfire? Who knows when you are going to "snap"?There is no warning. Meditate and/or join a club or start a Web Page which centers around preventing these kinds of horrible, tragic, sad, remorseful, senseless murders, and the like, in your world. Take this opportunity to direct your engery into good energy and do something about it. Take control over something worthwhile. Dissing this person and dissing that person doesn't do anything or help anybody (like Ashlee) The comments only hurt the parents, families and friends (which Ashlee would not like). Create a web page in your community named "The Ashlee/Shaylah PREVENTION group. I'm sure this wld help out all those who have been affected by this incident. If you were murdered would you prefer to be "murdered in vain" or have something positive become of your death? Take control.
This whole event is horrible, on so many levels. As a mom, my question is, how many parents knew where their under age drinking teens were and what they were doing. Who they were with? How many times was this type of party where clearly, heavy drinking was involved? We're these kids doing this on a regular basis while other teens in Kelowna were doing more productive things with their life? Since then, how many changed the way they did things? How many siblings are and friends still treating down the same path?
Alcohol does alter a persons thought process I'm afraid Diane is correct, the alleged murderer already messed up....? Probably but emotions fueled by alcohol and gang mentality ... No excuse... It's all sad, a beautiful girl gone another facing adult jail time... Her life also gone....essentially. It all is awful. Our kids need some direction ,
And I'm not talking about giving mom the address to the party I'm off to , see yah later direction either

I'm. It sure if anyone really sees that part of it
Alcohol is prohibited until a certain age for a reason... Because st 16 , when you think you are invincible, you sometimes find out the world disagrees....
I'm sorry for everyone's loss
Jazz

Nanaimo, Canada

#19 Nov 13, 2012
Johann wrote:
She was hot. Call me shallow cuz I am but I feel sadder when a hot girl is killed than a non-hot girl.
Your so rude, get a life, people are hurting over this and you just post ignorant things? Grow up
Colleen

Kelowna, Canada

#20 Aug 28, 2013
The humane brain attains the ability to reason at 20 years of age, if you take a troubled child (16 is still a child) add alcohol/drugs are added to the mix, anything can happen. Young girls are not nice today, they all spend too much time dying their hair, doing their nails all inceases their vanity,trying to be grown ups. Where and when and how do they work on developing their inner selves. We live in a fake society, talking about Jesus is a dirty word, violent video games and drugs that can be bought just about anywhere. What kind of a world are we creating? Why were there no adults to chaperone? This should never have happened. This is so sad. Go back to church people and get real again!
Jessica wrote:
To Diane
First off yes sometimes alcohol & drugs do affect someone's judgement and cause them to over react but not everyone that kills does it bc they were influenced by alcohol or drugs! Everytime someone is murdered the murderer wasn't under the influence of anything they just kill!
I'm sorry this case affected you because of your children and I'm sorry about your nephew but in all honesty this girl killed someone and it "Sounds" like you're trying to make excuses for her and it "Sounds" like you're her lawyer pleading her case! Just let it go! Kids drink and do drugs all the time it doesn't make the kill anyone! So how can you honestly sit there and blame it on the alcohol or anything else other than this girl had a problem and she Chose to take a life! The alcohol didn't make her, nothing made her! She made a choice! The fault is hers alone.
charrie hyatt

Westbank, Canada

#21 May 21, 2015
thankyou all for your condolences. as we are comeing up to ashlees 5 year angelversary soon i was reading some of the comments on stories posted from when my beautiful daughter was murdered. some people live in a bubble and think it canot happen to them, well here is a reality check you never know whom your childern will run into, my daughter ran into someone very evil at heart, this was not an accident, you carry a knife or gun or any weapon around you intend to use it that is the bottom line. my daughter would have never thought to carry a knife around? do you understand what im saying now that is not normal, this community is tiny not a big city . if you would have been at trial and listened to actual; facts in the story come out and not listen to the news or believe a made up story by the defence then you would have got the whole picture. there are some very scary people in our world even at 16. my daughter would have been 22 this september her murderer would have just turned 21 and people have no clue what she looks like unless you lived here, so this girl can be in your home hanging out with your kids or dating your son that is very scary because she is very scary and i believe will blow again and hurt someone i think about it all the time and there are many reasons i believe that and if you were in trial you would know what im talking about. thankyou all again for your kind words for my beautiful ashlee. xo

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