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Judy Quill was 33 when she was found badly beaten in the woods on Pikangikum First Nation in Ontario on March 22, 2009.
The mother of two was rushed to a nearby clinic, where she died.
“She was gentle. Gentle, you know?” said her father, Peter Quill.
“She just wasn’t the kind of person who got angry.”
He used to see his daughter every couple of days. She would come over and help him clean his house and encourage him to go to church with her.
Quill would occasionally spend time at her sister’s home when she was having trouble in her marriage.
“Sometimes when they had problems, she usually came to my house and slept over,” said Shirley Quill.
“She was outgoing, friendly.”
She had gone to school for a year near Big Trout Lake and wanted to get a job in First Nation management. That hope would never be realized.
Peter is now raising Judy’s children and is still looking for answers about his daughter’s death.
He used to walk around the community late at night, looking for people who might be violent.
He never found anyone.
Now, more than six years have passed since his daughter was killed, and no charges have been laid in her death.
The case is being handled by the Ontario Provincial Police criminal investigation branch and is considered an unsolved homicide.
Peter said he hears from officers infrequently and grapples with whether to call them.
“I don’t know if there’s any sense in calling, or anybody doing anything,” he said.
Shirley worries about the impact losing their mom has had on Judy’s kids.
“Sometimes I worry about them if they ask or if they wonder about why [someone] did that to her,” she said.
Peter isn’t sure if he would support an inquiry into murdered or missing women.
“I’m not sure the federal government would do anything to change anything,” he said.
“We’ve been living under that system for over 100 years, and nothing has changed, really.”
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.