Barbara Kentner was the victim of a drive by assault on January 28th by a Caucasian man who shouted “I got one” after throwing a very large trailer hitch at her body from the passenger side of a moving vehicle. 18 year Brayden Bushby has since been charged with Assault Causing Bodily Harm with a Weapon and was released February 21st on bail.
Barbara was walking home with her sister when it happened. They did not know the man prior to the assault.
In Thunder Bay racism is an ongoing problem. In the Indigenous community, having objects thrown at them while walking is all too common. The assault was not labeled a hate crime.
Barb has been in the hospital since January and hasn’t healed from her wounds. Her organs are shutting down and her health is deteriorating rapidly. Doctors have done all they can and by her own wishes she has returned home to die in the care of loved ones.
My name is Deanne Hupfield. I grew up with Barb and her family. I’ve created this Gofundme to help support the family in their final days with Barb. Barb is going to pass soon and my heart is broken for her and her family. Through this Gofundme I hope to give Barb some peace of mind knowing that her family is financially supported through this traumatic event. The funds raised will be used to offset costs of the funeral and family members’ travel to Thunder Bay before she passes.
Any little bit will help. Our timeline to raise the funds is critical.
Miigwech. (Thank you in the Ojibway Language)
Update April 26th; Requested by the family the beneficiary has been changed to Stanley Vlotaros. He is a long time trusted family friend. The family plans to use the funds for Barbs final funeral expenses and what ever is left over will be put in a trust for Barbs teenage daughter.
The family is so very grateful for everything contributed. Thank you so much for everything!