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Vernon woman found dead leaves behind two daughters

Kaylee Bannister was found dead in a house on Heritage Drive May 28.
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A woman found dead in a Vernon home has been identified as 32-year-old Kaylee Bannister.

An online fundraiser set up in her memory says that Bannister left behind two young daughters.

"Kaylee was a girl’s girl with a heart of gold. She would light up any room she would walk into. She was intelligent, kind, caring, loyal, brave, fearless, downright hilarious and one heck of a Barber," the online fundraiser says. "She was also the best damn hype person anyone was lucky enough to have in their corner."

Bannister was found dead inside a home in the 5500 block of Heritage Drive in Vernon on May 28.

The property was cordoned off for several days but on June 5, RCMP said there was no evidence to suggest any criminality was involved in her death.

The fundraiser was set up by Cara Trotchie who says Bannister's kids and her dog were her life.

"There wasn’t a single thing she wouldn’t do for all three of them," the fundraiser reads.

Trotchie says the reason for the online fundraiser is so the children know that following their mother's death hundreds of people rallied behind them.

"I want them to feel every ounce of love that we all have to give them. I want Kaylee’s girls to be able to live their best possible lives even though right now that may seem impossible for them and Kaylee’s family," the post reads.

The money will be put in a trust account and used for medical, dental and post-secondary school if needed. It will also cover unexpected expenses that may arise.

In less than 24 hours since the online fundraiser was created, it raised $3,390 toward a goal of $20,000.

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