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Ex-cop slain in Mexico loved animals: friend

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A retired Canadian police officer slain in Mexico is being remembered as a generous and loving woman who dedicated her time to helping animals.

News reports in Mexico say Lynn Earle, 60, was found stabbed to death in her home in Playa del Carmen earlier this week.

She retired from the West Vancouver Police Department in 1996.

Friend Lisa Edwards said Earle had a gigantic heart for humans and animals, and spent several years working with animal-rescue agencies in Mexico.

"She was warm, loving, hilarious, generous, vivacious, dynamic and fun-loving," Edwards said in a statement Friday. "She would do absolutely anything to help a friend in need, an animal in need or a stranger in need."

Edwards said Earle, divorced with one child, loved living in the country and felt at peace in Mexico, her home for the last 10 or 12 years.

The two women volunteered together for five years helping animals.

"We volunteered together for spay and neuter campaigns in Mexico... and she was a great helper and friend to our sanctuary in Cancun, too, always giving of her time whenever we needed help and she loved to help out.

West Vancouver police issued a news release expressing condolences to Earle's family.

It said she worked her way through the ranks, first serving as a civilian employee, then a bylaw officer before spending three years as a patrol constable.

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 25, 2013 A22

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