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Geraldine Beardy loved to spend time with her children at home.
When she was away, it was because she travelled to Winnipeg for medical appointments, which were usually for her pancreas.
“She was sick all the time,” said Louise Keno, Geraldine’s mother.
In between appointments, Geraldine visited friends in the city; some of them were homeless.
According to her family, she stole a can of luncheon meat from Winnipeg’s Okay Groceries, a small store on Sherbrook Street at Alexander Avenue, to feed those friends.
That’s when the store’s owner, Kwang Soo Kim allegedly hit her over the head with a baseball bat, and Geraldine went to a home in the area.
The Winnipeg Police Service (WPS) learned of Geraldine’s injuries on Sept. 15, 2009. Three days later, she died when doctors took her off life support.
The family said doctors told them that Geraldine had a blood clot in her head.
“He [Kwang Soo Kim, the store’s owner] hit her on her head and that’s why there was bleeding that started...,” said Keno.
Kim was charged with aggravated assault and then manslaughter, but the case’s prosecutor dropped those charges when one of the Crown’s main witnesses went to the U.S. to avoid his own criminal charges.
“Nobody seems to want to do anything about it,” said Eliza Beardy, Geraldine’s grandmother, who lives in Winnipeg.
“Whenever I walk by [Okay Groceries], or go by that place, I get so sick.”
CBC News spoke to the store’s owner after Geraldine was killed. He confirmed the attempted theft, and said he asked Geraldine to leave. He said he didn’t know what happened to her after that.
The WPS said making sense of Geraldine’s death was difficult because they did not know what she did between the time Kim allegedly hit her and when she was hospitalized.
But family members are certain Kim is responsible for it.
“He should be in jail because he’s a murderer,” Keno said.
“They should have taken that guy away and put him away.”
According to the family, the only contact they have had with the WPS regarding Geraldine’s case was when she was killed.
Her children, who are now in Keno’s care, still talk about it, though.
“My granddaughters, my three granddaughters, when I told them about it they were feeling angry about it,” Keno said.
“They said they don’t want to forget about that guy.”
CBC News continues to investigate missing and murdered indigenous women and girls in Canada, looking at the unsolved cases and telling the stories of the families and communities.