Kerrie Ann Brown (1971-1986)
Kerrie Ann Brown was born to Jim and Ann Brown on August 19, 1971 in Burk's Falls, Ontario. She had a brother Trevor, who was a year older, and a half brother Ian, who was four years older. In 1974, the Brown family moved to the northern nickel mining town of Thompson, where Jim began work in the mine at Inco and Ann at the local hospital as a medical transcriptionist.
The night she disappeared
On Oct. 16, 1986, Kerrie and her friends attended a party at a residence on Trout Avenue in Thompson, Manitoba. It was held on a Thursday night because there was no school scheduled for the next day.
When a former boyfriend showed up to the party with another girl, Kerrie felt uncomfortable and wanted to leave with her best friend Nicole, whose house she planned to sleep at that night. As the two were heading out, Nicole realized she had forgotten her purse inside and ran back to fetch it. When she returned, Kerrie was gone.
Where Kerrie was found
On Saturday around 2 p.m., less than 40 hours after Kerrie disappeared, two horseback riders discovered her body along a hydro line beyond a horse stable on the outskirts of town. She had been sexually assaulted and severely beaten with branches that were likely found at the crime scene. She was 15 years old.
Kerrie had recently started Grade 10 at R.D. Parker Collegiate at the time of her brutal murder. The tragedy sparked immediate outrage among her friends and fellow students, who rallied together to push police and city council for safer streets.
They also raised a significant amount of funds to establish a scholarship in her memory. Named the Kerrie Brown Memorial Bursary, the scholarship still exists today, awarded to a graduating R.D. Parker Collegiate student with the highest grade point average in English.