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.