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Memorial created 10-1-2008 by
Steen Brydum
Kirsten Brydum
January 22 1983 - September 27 2008

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10-05-2008 3:02 PM -- By: Sally Green Sapp,  From: Maryland  

After shock-then reading the Journal...what incredible sadness. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

10-05-2008 12:54 PM -- By: dawn z,  From: rochester ny  

Dear Family and Friends of Radiant Kirsten,

I am so sorry for your loss and I share your grief. I did not get to know Kirsten but I am enthralled by her ideas, writing style and adventurous spirit. She has inspired me. I would like to organize a Really Really Free Market in my town and distribute her writings in a zine as a memorial to her. Her life has sparked so many others and that flame of passion, creativity and love lives on. I will never forget her. sadly, dawn

10-05-2008 10:56 AM -- By: The Brooks',  From: Fullerton, CA  

Words can never be enough, only a belief that in time the good things will remain after everything else is gone. Robin & Chuck Brooks, Tinkerbell & Mugsy

10-05-2008 7:25 AM -- By: Evelyn Holmgaard,  From: Danmark  

Kære Steen

Det er med vores dybeste medfølelse med dig og din familie. Vi tænker og føler med jer i jeres store sorg.

Kærligst Evelyn og familien

10-05-2008 7:14 AM -- By: MM,  From: SF  

(((I encouraged Kirsten to write write write, so I must do her the honor and reciprocate.)))

Further, along living fervor
motors grow fancier.
I find fate emerging, and cradle terror as I tarry;
I gape at the apex of grandeur.

From solid domiciles, the vantage keeps a tight selvage,
but the apogee apologizes to fretfully carry
a lady over the ledge.

In sudden torpor the tick
sets supine a rose, clipped,
as a tepid advance prevents finding her parity,
or worse, I worry the world is sick.

There irreversibly illumined
is outdoor's costume:
there is only nakedness and latency and life's barbarity.
Amongst her ardor, disorder blooms.

10-05-2008 6:29 AM -- By: Joshua,  From: new orleans  

I am so sorry this happened to a nice and beautiful girl like this.All of my prayers go out to you.

10-05-2008 3:23 AM -- By: Jayna,  From: New Orleans, LA  

To the Brydum Family,

I send you strong energetic blasts of healing and strength as you mourn the loss of such a precious, creative, beautiful woman. I'm sorry this city has taken your loved one from you, and please know that we here in New Orleans are mourning her passing as well.

10-05-2008 2:19 AM -- By: Ryan D,  From: SF  

To the Brydum and extended families: I am So sorry... I will never forget all the good times living, working and hanging out with Kirsten. She was very, very special and a good friend. Through memories she is with us always. Take care

10-05-2008 1:22 AM -- By: Francisco,  From: Costa Rica/SF  

Aquello que sonamos contigo...

Una hora aciaga se vino acomodando despacio, casi imperceptible, vino envuelta con negro trapo, como si trajera algo que esconder... .

Vino con cara del mal, de la mala hora... . Vino con dolor, vino envueta en su propia maldad... . Oscura hora en que veniste trayendonos tanto dolor!!

Por que??!!

A caso no era ella el sueno de las primaveras??!!

Un gorrion, una paloma, una nuve..., el amor personificado... . Una enrredadera llena de flores, un mensaje de amor y de esperanza. Era ella, la que ponia la risa, el encanto y la frescura en todos aquellos que no tenemos mas que la esperanza misma.... Ella era el agua para nosotros los que tenemos sed.

Ella vive en nosotros. Su corazon palpita en el nuestro. Su amor crece. Su risa es sonora como el canto de un rio que viene fresco de las montanas... .

Aqui te has quedado en nuestra casa, a la espera de aquella manana que sonamos y construimos con el amor y la alegria de siempre..., buscando contigo el porvenir, la manana de la primaveras, de la mejor hora, aquella que siempre sonamos contigo, contigo Kirsten!!


10-05-2008 12:38 AM -- By: Luralei Martin,  From: Denver  

I am sorry that Sunni was never able to introduce us, Kristen, I would have enjoyed talking to you. You will be missed by someone who never got to know you.

10-04-2008 11:49 PM -- By: Louise Geerts & Family,  From: Leisure Wld, Seal Beach  

Steen, Linda, family & friends, We are so sorry for your terrible loss. Steen, although we did not meet and know your daughter personally it is evident by all accounts how incredible she truly was. May God bless you and give you strength in this most difficult time. Your neighbor Louise Geerts & family

10-04-2008 10:23 PM -- By: MJ,  From: Nola  

I admire Kirsten for her successful work in San Francisco and her vision to spread her ideas to the rest of the world. I have been inexplicably and especially touched by her loss. New Orleans would have been blessed to have her stay awhile longer. Please accept my sincere condolences.

10-04-2008 9:38 PM -- By: Lisa J.,  From: San Jose  

My prayers go out to Kirsten's family. I never had a chance to cross paths with her, but her cause has moved me.

Fly on Angels wings young Kirsten, the lord has other plans for you.

10-04-2008 8:25 PM -- By: Emily Howard,  From: SF  

My deepest love goes out to Kirsten's family. It goes without saying how deeply her light and capacity for love and sharing will be missed. May her work live on in all she touched.

10-04-2008 7:23 PM -- By: Marcia,  From:  

Such a beautiful person,such a terrible eternal ending

10-04-2008 7:21 PM -- By: ted,  From: New York  

Met and visited w/ Kirsten at a demoncratic mtg. a few months ago. I will say her ideas were different and i might add were something else. I'm sure where she is now, "they are giving her fits" and at least one side is surprised and disappointed. Luv to all Ted

10-04-2008 6:55 PM -- By: Elena ,  From: San Francisco  

As I sit here to say goodbye to Kristen, I realize that she will be always in our hearts, our prayers and our memories, forever in the goodness of who she was. I was her boss at Dante's, where she braved the tourists and pigeons on the deck and earned our admiration for her passions and became our consciousness ambassador in the world. My heart goes out to the Brydums and thank your for making such a good girl. I mourn her death with you.

10-04-2008 6:23 PM -- By: Nate,  From: SF  

"All I know is something like a bird within her sang. All I know she sang a little while and then flew on.

Tell me all that you know, I'll show you Snow and rain.

If you hear that same sweet song again will you know why? Anyone who sings a tune so sweet is passing by.

Laugh in the sunshine sing, cry in the dark, fly through the night.

Don't cry now. Don't you cry. Don't you cry, anymore. La la la da Sleep in the stars. Don't you cry. Dry your eyes, on the wind. La la la la. La......."

-Jerry Garcia / Robert Hunter

10-04-2008 5:38 PM -- By: Chris Carlson,  From: HBA  

Steen - I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Chris Carlson

10-04-2008 4:59 PM -- By: Robert,  From: New Orleans  

I am so sorry this beautiful young person became another victim of senseless violence. Kirsten will live on and inspire others far longer than her short time in this world. One can only imagine what more she would have accomplished had her life not been so brutally taken.

My thoughts are with her family, friends, and other loved ones.

Another entry had the heartless nerve to ask why we don't mourn all who die. Judging from Kirsten's life I'm sure she mourned for all victims regardless of the worth placed on them by society. Her life's work is a testament to her beliefs and a legacy we will remember.

10-04-2008 4:49 PM -- By: Suzanne, Dave & Alex Maresh,  From: Portland, Or  

Thank you for calling me, Mamie. You are in our prayers. We love you and are here for you.

Kirsten shall live forever in the spirit of goodness and love and acceptance in what is an evil world. We all share in your loss.

Much love and may we all be more like your inspiring, saintly daughter.

10-04-2008 4:46 PM -- By: Debbie Dougherty (Hannon),  From: South Riding, VA  

To my dear friend, Mamie and the entire Brydum and Page families -- I am profoundly saddened by the tragic death of Kirsten -- an obviously remarkable young woman. My heart is weeping at the thought of your pain and sadness. Mamie, I truly wish I could be there to wrap my arms around you. I love you and always will. Rest in Peace Sweet Kirsten.

10-04-2008 4:34 PM -- By: E,  From: NOLA  

I don't know Kirsten at all, but I heard about her death on the news here in New Orleans. The sad thing is that murders are so common here -- we have the highest murder rate in the country -- that many people have almost stopped caring. Violence is so horribly pervasive in this city.

I truly hope that the police can solve this horrible crime. I'm sorry that New Orleans has caused your family such pain, and taken the life of a person who wanted only to make the world better.

10-04-2008 3:50 PM -- By: ,  From: Born in New Orleans  

I was born and raised in New Orleans. I just moved away last summer and didn't know about this until yesterday evening when a friend sent me a text message saying “25 year old activist girl blown away in New Orleans after being there 2 days. Riding bike in 9th ward”. The message shook me. Immediately my head fell and I closed my eyes and tried hard to not believe it. I went to look up the article on Nola.com and I began reading about her and was so disgusted and shaken up that 24 hours later I am still sad.

I have dealt with some ugly things. My mother had a gun put to her head on a bright Sunday afternoon in front of my brother and sisters. Luckily the man took the $20 and did not kill my mother. Things like this, maybe together with a tendency toward distrust have made me very jaded. When I have heard stories of crimes like this in the past, I have been so upset, not knowing how to deal with the awful reality, that I become so angry. I end up questioning “what in the world was this person thinking, being in this neighborhood at this time?”, etc. - the "blame the victim" reaction.

I have seen the pictures of this charismatic girl with the loving smile and have read of her openness and for the first time, I don’t have the ability to ask a question like that. I only wish that this had never happened - that someone would have been able to save her from danger. But, after reading her journal, I don’t think that she is the type to be easily persuaded that seems to be what made her so special. She was obviously a strongly independent and determined person, but the main thing I have gotten from her story is that she was not jaded. She seemed able to see good in everything and that is so rare and genuine. I often wish I was able to look past ugly stereotypes and not avoid things I want to do out of fear. I do not think of her as naïve, I think of her as a person who intentionally made a lifestyle of wanting to give every person in the world a fair chance, and that is quite admirable.

I am so sorry to all of her friends and family, but it seems you were quite lucky to have known this girl whose personality is changing strangers’ feelings all over the world through her writing. From her I have learned to make an effort to do the small things I think may still make changes and I will never forget her story.

10-04-2008 3:38 PM -- By: Chris,  From: Oakland  

I'm so sorry for your loss. Kirsten sounds like a wonderful person. I envy her free-spirited bravery. It sounds like she left quite a mark on her loved ones and a good example of how to walk softer and more lovingly across this precious fragile planet. She may be gone from the physical world but her ideal will always be with us.

10-04-2008 3:32 PM -- By: hildare,  From: athens, GA  

Kirsten's family and friends, I am so sorry for your loss of this courageous, caring young woman. I never knew her, but I know many people like her. My deepest hope is that the world will one day become what Kirsten was working for: a place where a young woman is free to ride as she pleases, where communities are connected, and a friend is so easy to find. She would have easily found a few here, and perhaps we can learn to appreciate each other more when we think about her dedication.

10-04-2008 3:11 PM -- By: kari,  From: riverside, ca  

wow, i just stumbled onto this site! i feel the enthusiasm she had and believe that it lives on through her work and friendships creating new opportunities for others (like myself) to continue to make strides towards a community/society based on mutual aide and life. thank you for creating this site.

10-04-2008 1:41 PM -- By: ,  From: Upland, California  

To the family and friends of Kirsten. I am so very very sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you all. May the good Lord comfort you all, and give you peace, in this time of your great loss. From what I read about Kirsten, she was a wonderful young lady. I know you all are very proud of her. Rest in paradise, Kirsten.

10-04-2008 12:59 PM -- By: Poetica,  From: California  

I heard about Kirsten's passing from a friend. I'm so sorry to hear the news. Her light will continue to shine. What a tragic loss...to her family and friends I send love, prayers, and good energy to get through the rough times.

10-04-2008 12:53 PM -- By: Shirley orban,  From: Sun city, Austin, Texas  

To Mamie and Steen: I am truly sorry to hear of your loss of such a beautiful person. I read all of her journals and was instantly captivated by her stories and her activism in try to bring love and hope to all people without government interference - to make us all self-sufficient. What a beautiful girl she was...to have crossed this country making so many new friends simply by her being there. Mamie, I still remember Erin's first birthday party and little Kirsten sitting at the table with her blonde hair in a very beautiful dress. As I'm writing this now to you, my eyes are filled with tears. My God bless you, Steen, and Erika and be with you. I personally believe that love never dies, and as long as Kirsten is remembered, she still lives. She will always be with you. In deepest sympathy, Shirley


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