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Marlene Bird dies in Saskatchewan hospital



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Marlene Bird, the Saskatchewan homeless woman who was beaten then set on fire in 2014, has died three years after the attack.

Bird died Monday morning.

A memorial service is being planned in Prince Albert, Sask. where the attack occurred.

The physical injuries were so severe that Bird lost both of her legs. Her eyes were damaged and her face was permanently scarred.

She said the attack left her helpless and unable to do things on her own.

She was also afraid to go into Prince Albert.

The man who attacked her, Leslie Black, was sentenced in September to 16-years after pleading guilty to attempted murder and sexual assault.

Bird said at the time she could forgive Black after hearing his apology in court.

The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) said Bird died “surrounded by family” at Victoria Hospital in Prince Albert.

The Prince Albert Grand Council Women’s Commission released a statement saying Bird “was a heroic woman, whose strength inspired many, and we are deeply hurt to hear of her passing.”

Bird was a member of the Montreal Lake First Nation in northern Saskatchewan. Her plight helped shine a light on the vulnerability of homeless people and the violence they face.

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9 Responses to “Marlene Bird dies in Saskatchewan hospital”

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    Flores November 27, 2017 at 6:14 pm #

    Rest in peace my friend

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    Tonia Laird November 27, 2017 at 6:49 pm #

    There’s a typo here. Leslie Black, not Leslie Bird, was the man who attacked Marlene. I am so sorry and so angry she suffered ao much, physically and emotionally. Rest in peace.

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    Jean Nateweyes November 27, 2017 at 6:59 pm #

    I admire Marlene Bird, for her courage and determination. I know Marlene, she was my friend here on Earth…and will be in the here after… She was such a good person to me when ever I met up with her… We always left each other with a smile…
    Rest easy now my friend… Thank you for being my friend ✋✝

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    Sharon McDougall November 27, 2017 at 8:44 pm #

    Your pain is over. Rest In Peace

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    Marilyn Gomez November 27, 2017 at 9:06 pm #

    My heart goes out to Marlene,she suffered so much here on earth,now shes in a better place.

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    Luana Harper Shirt November 28, 2017 at 4:06 am #

    Rest in Peace Marlene Bird.

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    Sarah November 28, 2017 at 6:17 am #

    Rest in the arms of our Creator. You are not forgotten. ❤️

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    Joe November 28, 2017 at 8:16 pm #

    My deepest condolences to her family and friends.

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    Lisa November 30, 2017 at 5:24 am #

    May she Rest in Peace.