Four years after her 19-year-old son was found murdered in his east-end apartment, Linda Beland still hopes that someone will come forward with information to find the killer.

The Ottawa resident will hold a candlelight vigil Monday night to mark the fourth anniversary of Douglas Stewart’s death, in the hopes of encouraging people to come forward with information about her son’s killer.


"My goal is to reach someone out there that knows something or even get the killer himself to come forward and clear his heart and his conscience," Beland said.

On Feb. 18, 2004, Stewart, 19, was found dead in bed inside his 15th floor apartment at 1240 Donald St. Police believe he was bludgeoned to death with a tire iron.

The vigil, which will be held outside the high-rise apartment building where he died, is the last one Beland plans to hold. "It’s too hard on me," she said.

For the last six months, she’s been seeing a counsellor twice a week, but these vigils make her relive everything, she said.

Although she won’t be planning public events anymore, she and her family will continue to aid police in finding her son’s killer.

For Beland, time has not diminished the pain of losing a child. "He was just a baby when he died," she said. "He was the greatest kid ever. He had the most beautiful smile that would brighten up any room."

The vigil begins at 7 p.m. and will include readings of poems and prayers by Beland and family members, followed by a street hockey game in front of the building, in honour of Stewart’s favourite pastime.

hoping for more

  • Dozens of people attended last year’s vigil and this year, with the help of a Facebook site Beland launched recently, the Montreal Road-area resident is hoping for even more.

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