PETERS – Katherine McParland’s cause of death doesn’t tarnish her legacy
A WORD OF ADVICE to the people of Kamloops: do not let anyone put anything but respect on the name of Katherine McParland.
The coroner’s report into McParland’s death was made public this week.
It was important to put the true, accurate information into the public sphere because McParland was a well-known name in Kamloops and the rumour mill surrounding her death was spinning out of control.
She died of an accidental drug overdose.
Her death was sad and tragic and came far, far too soon for a woman who, in her short life, had already given so much to her community.
But now that the cause of death is known, her death will also, for some, spawn derision and self-righteousness.
Don’t let it happen.
James Peters is the radio anchor at CFJC, coming to Kamloops in 2006. He anchors the afternoon news on B-100 and 98.3 CIFM, and contributes weekly editorials to the CFJC Evening News. He tweets regularly @Jamloops.
It was not an accidental overdose. It was an overdose and she was murdered by the supplier.