More than nine years ago, 43-year-old Jackie Crazybull was stabbed to death in Calgary’s Beltline community.
On Saturday, an intimate group of supporters gathered on 17 Avenue S.W. for the Justice Walk for Jackie. Among the group was Crazybull’s 14-year-old son, who was just five years old when she was murdered.
“I remember when she gave me a teddy bear and I could still smell her perfume on it,” said Clifford Crowchild, holding back tears.
The walk has been taking place for several years now, but this year is markedly different. Calgary police confirm they are reviewing the cold case and hope a fresh pair of eyes may find something that was overlooked.
“I’m cautiously optimistic. Jackie is one story out of over a thousand women that have been murdered and/or are missing. Unfortunately not a lot of people are doing anything about it,” said Sandra Manyfeathers, Jackie’s sister.
Crazybull was one of five people stabbed at random within an hour-long violent spree on July 11, 2007.
“She was my mentor, she was my teacher, she was like a mother to me and she taught me many things I still live by to this day,” Manyfeathers said.
Crazybull’s killers have never been charged. Initially, police were looking for three men caught on security video not far from the crime scene.
“They were subsequently shown on the media shortly after and then after that, their faces were forever hidden from the media,” Manyfeathers added.