WATCH: Outpouring of support for West Shore RCMP Officer Cst. Sarah Beckett. Monica Martinez reports.
Symbols of love and messages of condolence surround a statue outside the Westshore RCMP detachment, as the many people touched by this tragedy come to mourn the loss of Cst. Sarah Beckett.
“It’s nice to see the community coming out and supporting,” said Carol Hooper, who laid flowers out at the two memorial sites.
“This is a small community and everybody is affected by it, it’s touched all of us. It’s very, very tragic,” said Rain Espen.
Kelly Harper worked with Cst. Beckett in 2006/2007 and remembers her honesty and authenticity.
“We conducted work together with families that we were supporting and I found she was so genuine with family members and especially the young women we had similar connections to in the community,” Harper said.
The 32-year-old mother had two young children, and had recently returned to work from maternity leave, a devastating loss that for many, is hitting close to home.
“Being a mom of young girls, knowing she has young ones at home, it really his heartbreaking to know her was life taken so fast,” said an emotional Amanda Pepler, who knew Beckett from high school.
Beckett was passionate about policing even in high school. She participated in a police camp as a student at Spectrum high school.
Her devastated colleagues receive comfort and support from the public and from other detachments who drove by this morning in a show of solidarity.
A second memorial grows at the scene of her death.
“It leaves such a whole in your heart makes you feel sick inside almost you are so sad,” said Jeff Lytle who biked by the collision site minutes later.
A Go-Fund-Me page has been set up for her family. It’s already raised more than $50,000.
And a memorial walk is planned for Sunday night.
“It will start at Peatt Road and Goldstream and will be a two block walk to Veterans Memorial Park . People can share stories and talk there and if anybody wants to speak they can talk there,” said event organizer Ryan Carveth.
Even once the flowers are gone, it will be hard to look at the statue of an RCMP officer with a child outside the West Shore detachment without thinking of the great loss of a police officer to her community, and a mother to her family.