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Lorna Blacksmith

She was a young woman with a future who was "full of surprises" -- and she was cut down in the prime of her life.

That's what a devastated Lita Blacksmith told Justice Rick Saull in a written impact statement filed in court.

"I still believed in my daughter a lot," Lita said.

"She had a future to move on to. I very deeply loved her a lot and we made promises together that our lives will get better," the mother wrote.

Lita described Lorna as a caring young woman, a "beautiful brat" whose tragic death has left her sleepless and empty.

"I always used to tell her to be careful out there in the city, but then she always used to say: 'Mom. I know.' I know I always felt better in the way she said it," wrote Lita.

"I wish that she were still here so I could sleep peacefully with her by my side," the mother wrote. Finding out from police in June 2012 that her missing daughter had died was "the saddest day of my life," Lita wrote.

Carolyn Sinclair

There's no single memory Amanda Sinclair has of her slain sister that stands out above the others.

"There's a lot of memorable moments," Sinclair told the Free Press on Thursday. "She's my only sister and we were always there for each other."

Carolyn Sinclair was a mom of two who was a "very sensitive, loving, caring person," said Amanda.

The Sinclair family grew up in the West End, where they lived their entire lives.

All three kids in the family had a good foundation to build on, said Amanda.

Carolyn kept plugging away at school after giving birth to her first son.

"Sadly she fell into the cracks of another way of life," Amanda said.

"She had a very sensitive side. That's what kind of made her gullible in life," she said.

If there's two things that stood out about Carolyn, Amanda said, it was her smile and her laughter.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 15, 2013 A4

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