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Pregnant Kelowna murder victim to be remembered at popular downtown venue

Russia Nicholson, 23, was found murdered in a Kelowna orchard Oct. 11, 2017.
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October 27, 2017 - 8:00 PM

KELOWNA – On the on- month anniversary of the discovery of her murdered body in a Kelowna orchard, friends and family of Russia Nicholson will gather at a downtown venue to celebrate her life.

An orchard worker found Russia Nicholson’s body around 11 a.m. Oct. 11 and police were quick to call it a homicide. No cause of death has been released but the investigation is ongoing.

She was 23 years old, five months pregnant with her first child and trying to start a new life, according to family.

A private funeral was held for her last week, but on Nov. 10 those unable to attend will have a chance to say a final farewell.

The Habitat on Leon Avenue is sponsoring a night in her honour, with proceeds going to Russia’s family to help pay funeral and travel expenses. Brianna Winrow, a close friend of Russia’s, has organized the event.

“Russia was a beautiful soul who touched many lives in our community,” she writes on the Facebook event page. “When she walked into a room, everyone knew. Although known for her strength of character, those who knew her well saw a gentle, kind and loving side."

There will be a 50/50 draw and live music.

“I know Russia would have wanted us all to come together and celebrate her life and all the memories we shared with her,” Winrow writes.

For more details visit the Remembering Russia Facebook event page.

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