Barbara Kentner, a 34-year-old native of Thunder Bay, died Tuesday morning after suffering injuries for more than five months. In January, she was hit by a trailer hitch thrown from a moving vehicle while she was riding in the street.
Barbara was at home, surrounded by her loved ones for several months after doctors told her they could not do anything to save her.
Just to let everyone know my sister Barbara Kentner just passed away!
At the time of the attack, Melissa Kentner said she heard one of the passengers shouting “Oh, I got one,” after throwing the object in the middle of the night in a residential area of Thunder Bay.
An 18-year-old man, Brayden Bushby, surrendered to the police a few days after the attack and has since been charged with serious assault.
Thunder Bay police told CBC that they was considering altering the charges in light of the victim’s death.
Condolences of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation
ON Tuesday, Deputy Chief Anna-Betty Achneepineskum presented her “most sincere condolences” to the family.
“We must all work together to make racism recognize. We must fight it and denounce it. We have to take the situation very seriously, it has gone on long enough.”
Anna-Betty Achneepineskum, Deputy Chief of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation
Anna-Betty Achneepineskum says there is a rise in violence in the city of Thunder Bay and that we must not “minimize these horrible stories”.
“A young indigenous mother died today and a young girl is without her mother,” she said, adding that this news tears her heart and offers her support to loved ones.
Chief Alvin Fiddler also conveyed his compassionate wishes to the family on Twitter, including the clickable word RacismKills (racism kills).
— Alvin Fiddler (@gcfiddler) July 4, 2017
Melissa Kentner said on her Facebook page that her sister’s body would be sent to Toronto for an autopsy.
Emmy Skylar started working for Debate Report in 2017. Emmy grew up in a small town in northern Manitoba. But moved to Ontario for university. Before joining Debate Report, Emmy briefly worked as a freelance journalist for CBC News. She covers politics and the economy.