Would you believe someone can throw a large metal object at an innocent bystander in the streets in Canada resulting in death and the "someone" throwing the object would not be charged with murder? If you can't believe it then you aren't in Thunder Bay, Ontario.
Barbara Kentner died Jul. 5, 2017, at the age of 34, in Thunder Bay, after she was struck by a trailer hitch hitting her in the abdomen while walking along the sidewalk last January. Brayden Bushby, 18, was purported to have yelled, "Oh, I got one!" after the heavy metal object crushed Kentner's abdomen, the attack witnessed by her sister, Melissa Kentner, while they were walking on a sidewalk beside a street. This brutally murderous assault came from a passing car carrying a driver and three passengers. Two of the passengers in the car supposedly turned themselves in the next day and reported Bushby to police.
It so happens I'm not in Thunder Bay, where the city police are still "looking into" whether criminal charges against Bushby will be changed from aggravated assault in the aftermath of Barbara Kentner's death, the death over a week ago being the direct result of Bushby's uninitiated attack in January. The dawdling Thunder Bay police are waiting for a coroner's report before making further announcements.
Kentner, an Indigenous woman, suffered irreparable damage to her internal organs after the attack with a trailer hitch as allegedly thrown by Busby, an 18-year-old white male in Thunder Bay. Barbara Kentner went from being a healthy, robust 200 lb. woman of 34 years, full of energy and very strong, reduced to person with continuous organ failure that caused a wasting of weight and rapid decline of health as her internal organs began to fail. Doctors informed their patient earlier on that she was unlikely to survive the injuries.
The medical situation was a torn small intestine immediately leeching bacteria into her organs. Ultimately doctors said she needed a liver transplant, and she became determined to prepare for it, but her ability to recover from the onset of illness was too compromised and she was unable to face the procedure. "I heard her take her last breath," her sister Melissa said.
Barbara Kentner, Anishinaabe, leaves a teenage daughter, Serena, wracked by guilt about her mother's on-going battle with alcohol consumption. "I should never have left. I know I could have saved her." Serena had gone away on a trip to western Canada where she was involved in furthering her education when the attack took place. Meanwhile, Barbara Kentner remained determined to fight for her own life to the very end, "I'm too damn young to leave this earth," she wrote recently on Facebook.
Barbara Kentner was laid to rest at a crowded funeral on Jul 12, 2017 in Thunder Bay. May she rest in peace.
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Barbara Kantner, Rest In Peace