Meeting on Sunday in Lumby to organize a rally in support of the family of a murdered woman – Vernon News

Support continues to grow for a murdered North Okanagan woman and her family.

On April 13, Tatjana Stefanski was kidnapped from her home west of Lumby.

Two days later it was confirmed that her body had been found, sending shockwaves through the community and anger that the suspect in her death had been arrested and released.

There is talk on social media of holding a rally demanding justice for the 44-year-old mother of two. One such event scheduled for Friday afternoon was canceled, but rumors of a gathering continuing to mount.

A “coordination meeting” will be held at the Lumby Curling Rink on Sunday from 4pm to organize a future event.

A post on the Lumby Rant and Rave Facebook page says participants can learn how to “use your grief for good” and support Tatjana’s family.

Lumby’s Okanagan Outpost is selling “Justice for Tatjana” decals at its store on Vernon St.

The store donates 100 percent of the proceeds to Tatjana’s family.

A GoFundMe has also been set up to help the family with things like counseling, therapy, living expenses and lawyers.

Some people have expressed frustration with the RCMP for releasing the main suspect in the case, but Tatjana’s partner, Jason Gaudreault, has defended the police and their handling of the situation.

“I would like everyone to understand that the problem is at a much higher level than the police. Believe me, they do what they can do within the laws and regulations. Don’t take them off. This is about catch-and-release laws that need to be changed at a much higher level,” Gaudreault wrote in a Facebook post on Friday.

On Saturday, Gaudreault posted: “Tatjana deserves to be remembered as the case that changed our catch-and-release laws forever. There is no reason why anyone should live in fear. There are better ways to monitor crimes committed by violent offenders. Let’s take a stand together so this can happen. And finally, please don’t blame the police or RCMP, they have to follow these laws and honestly have been quite helpful in many ways. Be safe everyone, love one another and let’s all come together.”

Out of concern for their safety, Gaudreault’s two children and Tatjana left their home.