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UPDATE: Angela Poorman’s mother went public after Manitoba Justice’s Victim Services branch turned down the family’s request for financial assistance with Poorman’s funeral.
Manitoba reverses decision, will now pay for slain aboriginal woman's funeral.
On the morning of Dec. 14, 2014, a passerby found Angela Poorman lying in the street in one of Winnipeg’s most troubled neighbourhoods.
The 29-year-old mom of three had been stabbed and was in critical condition. She was rushed to hospital, where she later died.
Before she was killed, Angela was living in Winnipeg’s Minto neighbourhood and trying to get her high school equivalency.
“She was a very honest person. I was just thinking about her the other day,” said Janett Poorman, Angela’s biological mother.
“She was always happy — made a bad situation into a good situation and never had a bad word to say about anybody.”
Angela grew up on the Kawacatoose First Nation in Saskatchewan and spent much of her childhood living with her aunt and cousin.
When she eventually moved back in with her mom in her early teens, she was finishing Grade 7 and extremely independent.
“We didn’t know each other really,” said Janett.
“She kind of leaned on her friends more … she was going to school from her friend’s place.”
Angela would go on to have three children and loved fashion, her mom remembers.
“She was just a hard working person — always happy, always a go-lucky girl,” said Janett.
Before she was killed, Angela was trying to get her life on track.
She had been a victim of domestic violence for years, and her children had been apprehended by child and family services.
Angela was working to get them back.
“She was just a very good person. She always wanted everything so right,” said Janett.
“She was trying hard to get back her life — trying to get back on her feet.”
Janett doesn’t know who would want to hurt her daughter and believes Angela was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.
She calls Winnipeg police regularly, but so far, there have been no arrests or charges in her daughter’s homicide.
Janett thinks it’s time for an inquiry into murdered and missing women.
“They’re just not looked at the way other people are looked at,” she said.
Winnipeg police are investigating Angela’s homicide. The case remains open and unsolved.
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