Organizers of Summerside Purple event 'overwhelmed' by support

The organizer of a purple porch-light campaign to show support for the family of London murder victim Josie Glenn says she has been 'overwhelmed' by the response.

Residents urged to shine purple porch lights for murder victim Josie Glenn

The organizer of a purple porch light campaign to show support for the family of a London homicide victim says she has been "overwhelmed" by the community's response.

Katherine McIntyre is a resident of the Summerside subdivision, where police recently discovered the body of Josie Glenn, 26. Friends described her as a bubbly, kind person who liked to sing.

Oluwatboi 'Tobi' Boyde, 25, is charged with second-degree murder and offering an indignity to a body in Glenn's death.

Taking a cue from the London Abused Women's Centre's Shine the Light campaign, McIntyre is asking residents of Summerside to put a purple light on their front porch to condemn violence against women.

She told CBC's London Morning Monday the community response has been "fantastic." They're encouraging residents to make a $5 donation for each light bulb and have already had bulbs donated.

"We're actually going to do a pickup because the response was overwhelming. We can't deliver them all."

The lights will be handed out at a gathering in Meadowgate Park Thursday starting at 6 p.m. A moment of silence for Glenn will be held at 6:30 p.m.

All proceeds from the sale of the light bulbs will go to the Shine the Light campaign, in which buildings in the city are lit in purple to support women who are the victims of violence by men.

McIntyre said she and the other organizers have been contacted by Glenn's family to say they appreciate the initiative. 

"I think it would be a very nice moment to remember her, and I think she deserves that."

McIntyre said violence against women is more common than most people realize and "we're rallying as a neighbourhood to say 'It's not okay.'"

The organizers of Thursday's event have set up a Facebook page to help with the planning and seek volunteers.