Sunday, November 12, 2000
Law & Order
Friend casts Net to catch killer
By ANDREW SEYMOUR -- Ottawa Sun
When it comes to finding her best friend's killer, Christina Carriere simply refuses to give up hope.
The 24-year-old is so determined to find the driver who killed Robin Brunet in a hit-and-run accident last year that she's taking the search global by tapping into the Web.
"Every time I look at a graveyard or a funeral going by it brings me back to that day," says Carriere, crying softly as she remembers the day she learned from Brunet's mom, Judith DuGray, that the friend she grew up with was dead.
With her mother's help and encouragement, Carriere took a week off classes at Sheridan College in Brampton to help put together the website -- located at http://bit.ly/3KbKkD -- dedicated to her friend's memory.
Brunet, 22, was crossing Hwy. 31 near Mitch Owens Rd. in the early morning hours of July 31, 1999, when she was hit by a passing car and left to die on the shoulder of the dark highway.
Carriere says she came up with the website idea after her mother saw a television program where a murdered boy's father created a website that eventually led to the arrest of the killer.
"It's worth a shot," she says, conceding the odds are long that someone who knows the killer will stumble across the Internet site.
Carriere's devotion to finding the driver of what police believe to be a white 1990 or 1991 Toyota Camry also includes plastering posters in Toronto's Pearson Airport, the bus terminal and on lamp posts on Yonge St. downtown.
"We just liked to do everything together. We just connected," says Carriere, who now lives in Richmond Hill, but remembers, like yesterday, the many youthful adventures she shared with Brunet during a 14-year-friendship.
NO SOLID LEADS
"Now I'm the only one left to remember those memories," she adds.
Despite a $25,000 reward and a massive police hunt for the car and its driver, no solid leads have surfaced. Crime Stoppers has issued repeated public appeals for information, but still no one has come forward with the final clues to lead police to the killer.
Anyone with information can call regional police traffic investigator Bill Murrell at 236-1222, ext. 2477 or Crime Stoppers at 233-TIPS.
If you have a tip, please call the Sun's Police Desk at 739-5108 or 739-5116.