Foundation honours slain journalist
Family remembers woman slain in Calgary slaughter
CALGARY — The family of a journalist stabbed to death in her basement suite in Calgary remembers 30-year-old Amber Bowerman as an outstanding writer and a “force of good.”
At a news conference in Calgary yesterday, Bowerman’s husband called his wife, who died alongside the rest of the Lall family on Thursday in Calgary’s worst mass murder in recent history, the “most beautiful girl in the world.”
“She was socially conscious and she rooted for the underdog,” said Chris Bowerman, fighting back tears. “She cared about telling stories in a true and honest way. She was goofy and fun and whimsical.”
“She loved to laugh,” said Jonny Webb of his sister. “She was a great mentor.”
Bowerman’s mother, Susan Webb, said her daughter tried to make a difference in the world and will be missed.
“Unfortunately, she was at the wrong place at the wrong time,” she said. “But we can’t dwell on that.
“We have to move forward and carry on with her life.”
The family said they were creating a foundation in Amber’s name to support journalism and the arts in Alberta.
“She was also a teacher and a mentor and she was invested in the craft of writing,” said Chris Bowerman. “The impact Amber had and the legacy she leaves will continue.
“She would want to help students and keeners — she was a keener. She’s been a journalist since she was a kid.”
Susan Webb said that when the family retrieved Bowerman’s belongings from her basement suite she had been renting, they found an unfinished bottle of wine — left over from Bowerman’s dinner the night she died.
Joshua Lall, 34, his wife, Alison, 35, and their two daughters, Kristen, 5, and Rochelle, 3, were found dead in the home on Thursday. Police say Joshua was the culprit in all the deaths.
The couple’s one-year-old baby, Anna, was the sole survivor of the slayings. Police and paramedics found her in the home Wednesday, crying but unharmed.
Bowerman was found dead in the basement.