Vigil commemorating three Indigenous deaths in the Lower Mainland

Friends, family and concerned community members gather in Richmond for a vigil.

The vigil is being held at the Shelter Island Marina and Boatyard on Graybar Road in memory of two Indigenous women and an Indigenous girl who died in Metro Vancouver.

Read more:

Grief and anger at the vigil in honor of 24-year-old woman found dead in a vacant home in Vancouver

It will honor the memories of 20-year-old Tatyanna Harrison, 24-year-old Chelsea Poorman and 13-year-old Noelle O’Soup.

“Please share and help raise awareness of these cases which we all find very suspicious,” Natasha Harrison, Tatyanna’s mother, wrote in a Facebook post.

“All these women and girls have been found in a similar way and this should not be ignored.”

The story continues below the ad

Harrison was found by police in Richmond on May 2, near the marina where the vigil is being held on Saturday.

The BC Coroners Service informed Vancouver police that she died of “narcotic toxicity, specifically fentanyl.”

Tatyanna was reported missing by her mother on May 3 after she had not been heard from since the end of March.

Vancouver police believe Harrison died before she was reported missing.

Read more:

Body confirmed as missing BC Native woman Tatyanna Harrison

24-year-old Chelsea Poorman was found on April 22, 2022, after being missing for more than a year and a half.

She was found dead outside a vacant house near Granville Street and West 37 Ave., in Vancouver’s Shaughnessy neighborhood.

Vancouver police said her cause of death will never be determined, but there was no evidence of foul play.

Poorman’s mother previously said she was not satisfied with the police’s explanation.

“There’s something I was told by the medical examiner and I had to ask him twice if what he said was true. He said Chelsea was not completely intact,” said Shelia Poorman.

The story continues below the ad

“She was missing her skull and she was missing some fingers. And they have the guts to say it’s not suspicious and not foul play.”

Read more:

Man found in unit with Noelle O’Soup’s remains wanted on Canada-wide arrest warrant

The remains of 13-year-old Noelle O’Soup were found by building maintenance on May 1, 2022, after being missing for more than a year.

She was found inside an SRO unit in a building on East Hastings Street and Heatley Ave.

The SRO unit was assigned to a man in his forties who was wanted on a Canada-wide warrant, Van Chung Pham.

Global News previously reported that Pham was an accused rapist and had been living with the decomposing remains of O’Soup and another woman for months before he himself was discovered dead on February 23.

Global News has identified the second woman as Elma Enan, a woman in her 30s.

Another young woman was found alive inside Pham’s unit when his body was eventually discovered by Vancouver police officers.

The deaths of O’Soup and Enan remain under investigation by the Vancouver Police Department’s Major Crimes Unit and the BC Coroners Service.

The story continues below the ad

Click to play video: 'Wanted by police: New details on man found dead in Vancouver unit where Noelle O'Soup's body was found'

Wanted by police: New details on man found dead in Vancouver unit where Noelle O’Soup’s body was found

Wanted by police: New details on man found dead at Vancouver unit where Noelle O’Soup’s body was found – August 25, 2022

© 2022 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

Leave a Reply