Carbonear residents like idea of memorial on Hayden Heights for Quinn Butt Community calendar
Five-year-old girl’s shocking death happened a year ago
The home in Carbonear where the alleged murder of five-yearold Quinn Butt occurred has since been torn down.
The property, which served as a reminder of Quinn’s death inside a burning home in April of 2016, is nothing more than an empty plot of land now.
The CIBC recently committed to passing that plot of land over to the Town of Carbonear, who have not yet decided what to do with it, though word of a memorial has been passed around at council meetings, as well as within the community. Along with this the CIBC donated $5,000 to O’Shaughnessy House in Carbonear, a shelter for women and children in need of a safe environment.
The idea of a memorial seems to be a rather popular one, as several residents of the area told The Compass that they feel as though some kind of monument in memory of Quinn
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would be the best way to deal with the now vacant property.
“I think a memorial would be lovely,” said Amanda Clarke, a resident of Carbonear. Clarke said she found it emotionally taxing to follow the story of Quinn Butt and her mother. Ever since the home has been demolished, Clarke told The Compass she was hoping that some kind of memorial would be placed on the land, rather than a new building pretending nothing had CHANGE OF LOCATION — Bay Roberts Cultural Foundation will be changing its location effective May 1. Due to increased interest, the game will be relocating from the Bay Roberts Legion to the Shearstown Community Centre. The estimated jackpot is $16,000. Ticket sales 7-8:45 p.m., draw conducted at 9 p.m. In addition to local entertainment, there is also a weekly 50/50 draw. Thank you to all our patrons for your continued support. ever happened.
“Maybe a playground would be nice, like the one they have over in Harbour Grace,” added Clarke.
The playground Clarke mentioned was a climbing and sliding structure built on the H. Ross Sheppard Memorial Playground in Harbour Grace on November of 2016. It was built in memory of Quinn, and decorated in purple and pink – two of Quinn’s favourite colours.
The play structure is not the only of its kind, as a playground was recently built in Quinn’s memory at Paradise Elementary School, where the fiveyear-old would have started kindergarten last fall.
Daniel Hillier is a resident of St. John’s, but travels through Carbonear on a regular basis. He said he couldn’t see the town doing anything other than placing a memorial on the property.
“If someone is looking to move to a new home, they’re going to want to know the history of (the property),” explained Hillier.
“If a new house was going to be built there, no one would be comfortable living there, knowing the story and the history. No one’s going to hear that awful story and feel OK living right where it happened. No one.”
Trent Butt, Quinn’s father, is accused of first-degree murder and arson. Butt pleaded not guilty to these charges on March 1, 2017 in Supreme Court in St. John’s. His trial begins in March of 2018.
“I can’t imagine the town would build a new house or building there anyway. That just feels disrespectful, to move on and just forget about it,” added Hillier.
As of yet, nothing has been officially decided for the property at 12 Hayden Heights.
The property where Trent Butt’s home once stood now lays empty.
Quinn Butt died a year ago at the age of five.