Geraldine Ann Lewis Beardy, 29, was a mother of three from northern Manitoba’s Garden Hill First Nation.
Her life ended during a trip to Winnipeg when a Sherbrook Street store owner allegedly hit her over the head with a baseball bat after she stole luncheon meat worth $1.49 on Sep. 13, 2009.
She died of her injuries less than one week later. The prosecutor dropped manslaughter charges against the store owner after one of the Crown’s main witnesses left Canada.
In 2015, six years after her death, family, friends and hospital staff gathered at a vigil for Geraldine.