One by one, the mourners waited in line to lay flowers at the home of 50-year-old Anne-Marie Ready and 15-year-old Jasmine Ready.
The mother and daughter died Monday night from stab wounds after an incident at a home in Alta Vista. A loss that leaves many in disbelief and shock.
Among the flowers were two black belts, a tribute from members of the Douvris Martial Arts dojo where Anne-Marie and Jasmine trained.
“These were beautiful women who were murdered,” said Naomi Eberhard, who trained with the Readys. “And they’re an extremely important part of our community. I’ve never seen them without a smile on their face, they were so happy all the time.”
Just two weeks ago, Anne-Marie and Jasmine received their black belt.
“We’ve been training together for three years and in the last six months you get to know people pretty well,” said Michael Penny, who also received his black belt. “We wanted to be here today to show her other family that her karate family is here to support her.”
On Saturday, Alta Vista’s neighbors staged the memorial from Edgehill Park before walking to the Ready family’s home on Anoka Street.
“I didn’t know them personally, but I think we all feel it when there’s a tragedy like this. A mother and daughter were lost here,” said Cheshmak Farhoumand-Sims, who helped organize the vigil.
Anne-Marie Ready worked as a trade commissioner at Global Affairs Canada. Those who knew her describe Ready as someone who had a good sense of humor and made everyone feel welcome.
“In a nutshell, a wonderful person, someone who cared about others,” said Anand Harrilall, who spoke to CTV News of Guyana. “I can’t really believe she’s really gone.”
A trait many believe has been passed down to her daughters Jasmine and Catherine.
“All three girls were just a beautiful ray of sunshine…very welcoming and friendly,” said neighbor Jacqueline Tokarew.
“It’s really overwhelming how many people they’ve touched and how much impact a family can have on all aspects of their lives,” said Jana Marcoux, a friend of Catherine Ready.
A GoFundMe page has been set up via the dojo. Several in attendance wore purple or green to raise awareness of gender-based violence and mental health.
“The lives of three women have been changed forever, two of them are no longer with us and our health system, including our mental health system, is broken and we have to fix that or we will see this again and that is not good,” said Eberhard .
Nineteen-year-old Catherine Ready, Anne-Marie Ready’s daughter, was seriously injured and remains in hospital. The Special Investigations Unit says police saw a man stab a woman when they arrived at the scene, and she was hit by police gunfire.
The Special Investigations Unit has not identified the 21-year-old man who was shot dead while responding to Ottawa police officers.