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

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10-04-2008 12:38 PM -- By: lindsey,  From: nola  

we are so sorry our city has caused more pain.

10-04-2008 10:51 AM -- By: Jessica,  From: Fort Wayne, IN  

I didn't have the pleasure of having met Kirsten in person but I am moved by the light that she brought into the world.

There aren't any words of wisdom. "Time heals what reason cannot." -Seneca

10-04-2008 10:29 AM -- By: susan mcinnis,  From: new orleans  

my name is susan and i am from New Orleans. I just wanted to say how sorry I am for your loss. I feel drawn to kirsten in a way that i dont even understand. Im saddened by the terrible violence that plaques our city. SADDLY THAT IS THE WAY IT IS HERE. Especially in the areas of the lower, upper and mid cities.

10-04-2008 10:21 AM -- By: Cindy Entwistle,  From: Kansas City, MO  

I am truly sorry for your loss. Only the good die young. Kirsten's light will shine on forever.

10-04-2008 9:09 AM -- By: Steve Tarter,  From: Lafayette La  

To the family and friends of Kirsten's my deepest sympathies...I saw the story and could not stop until I had read every word she had written. After reading her journal I was touched by just how beautiful and gifted she was. A heartbreaking loss for those that her life touched. Rest in Peace.

10-04-2008 8:29 AM -- By: Alexis,  From: Shepherdstown, WV  

I can not express my saddness with words. I am so deeply hurt by the news and my deepest heart felt sympathy goes to Kirsten's family. Some days life is so painful, other days so beautiful...we have to accept both.

10-04-2008 8:19 AM -- By: Alyssa Whiting,  From:  

I can't believe that something so awful happened to someone that i knew... all my sympathy to Kirsten's family. I love you all.

Sorry folks it happens every day in lower clss neighborhoods. Is it not awful then? But you dont care until it hits home.

10-04-2008 4:03 AM -- By: Kevin Trevino,  From: Houston Texas  

Sorry such a beautiful woman had to go so soon.

10-04-2008 3:31 AM -- By: David Gostl,  From: New Orleans  

I hope anyone else that comes to New Orleans knows it is a violent city. Take a lesson from Kirsten's untimely death.

10-04-2008 3:16 AM -- By: maritza,  From: s.f.  

dear family members and friends,

we feel awful about what has happened and in so many was i cannot describe my sadness for this beautiful young woman who i didn't even know. her work was coalition-building and invaluable to movements across the US. no doubt it will be continued. please know that her passion and efforts will continue, and communities all over the states and the world will feel her love through the activism that she did.

in peace and solidarity, maritza

10-04-2008 3:07 AM -- By: Leslie Beebe,  From: San Diego, CA  

I'm so sorry. Kirsten epitomized St. Luke's saying "To whom much is given, much is expected." She did more in 25 yrs than most do in a lifetime. I only wish I could have met her. Much love and prayers to her family and friends.

10-04-2008 2:59 AM -- By: John Hamilton,  From: Thousand Oaks, CA  

May the life she lived resonate in the universe... and be an example to us all... Our hearts go out to you at this time of sorrow... John, Bethy, and Allison Hamilton; Thousand Oaks, CA

10-04-2008 2:26 AM -- By: Jay Bonestell,  From: Los Osos, CA  

What a beautiful, precious soul this young was! I never met Kirsten but the article in the S.F. Chronicle reporting on her brutal murder disturbed me greatly.My thoughts & prayers are woith her loved ones.

10-04-2008 2:24 AM -- By: Michele,  From: Rhode Island  

Dearest Mamie and all the Page family, Words can not express the sadness that we all feel and share with you. Reading the excerpts on the web sites about Kirsten gives just a small insight to a wonderful,loving person. As difficult as it is you are blessed with the time you shared and your memories. My thoughts and prayers are with you and all of your family. With love your Cousin, Michele McCafferty D'Ellena

10-04-2008 1:51 AM -- By: Mark Hartman RAF,  From: Las Vegas Nevada  

Beautiful sisters such as kirsten never die, they are angels of righteous love who volunteered to walk amonst us in sincere service to the one true God and his grateful children...Kirsten-"Vencermos"

10-04-2008 1:41 AM -- By: Rhonda Kindle,  From: Temecula, CA  

To the family and friends of Kirsten, I did not know Kirsten, but was moved by the story I read about her death. I'm so sorry for your loss. Kirsten accomplished so much in her short life, and she has made a differenc in many lives. Please accept my heartfelt condolences and best wishes.

10-04-2008 1:35 AM -- By: Linda Schmidt,  From: Nesbit  

I had no idea until about an hour ago and found this.

I am so so sorry. RIP sweet girl. I love you even though I've never met you.

10-04-2008 1:31 AM -- By: Kate,  From: Bay Area  

My heart is so heavy. The rain feels like a welcome break; my insides coming to the surface.

I went for a long walk on the Laguna Preserve Tuesday after I heard the news. The shock and unspeakable loss of you could only be held in a space as wide as the sky. This Earth is changeable, enigmatic, and sometimes the only comfort. In it, there are pieces of you, everywhere. That is the only way that I can hold this, that I can try and make sense...We are connected. This is something you knew, something you dedicated your life to. The fibers of life are intricately woven. In your death, we learn again that the connection, the network, goes beyond what we can see and touch. It is more than material.

We will always feel you present in our lives, and the impact of your work will live on in each and every community you touched. You are a visionary Kirsten, someone who lived at the threshold of what is and what can be. In my life, may I continue to create the world you saw. Thank you.

10-04-2008 1:22 AM -- By: Mai Anh Ha,  From: Northern California  

I did not know Kirsten that well, but I remember her as a vibrant and bright shiny being full of love for life. I am very sad for her violent death. I am praying for her spirit, for her loved ones, and for all whose hearts are aching for her right now. In dedicate two Tibetan Buddhist mantras for Kirsten. They are the mantra of compassion- Om Mani Padme Hum and Green Tara mantra- Om Tara Tuttare Ture Svaha. Green Tara is the deity that comes to heart as I think of Kirsten. " Her name comes from the Sanskrit word Tāra and means literally: carrying across, a saviour, protector; a star, shining. Her right hand is in the mudra of giving, and her left hand the mudra of fearlessness through going for refuge to the three jewels. Her left leg is tucked up in the meditation posture and her right leg is stepping down into the world. The left leg symbolizes her meditation, while the right symbolizes her compassionate activity in the world." May Kirsten Brydum Rest in Peace, Love, Light, and Eternal Bliss

10-04-2008 1:18 AM -- By: Kimberly,  From: Piedmont, CA  

Dear Steen, I am so very sad to hear about Kirsten. I send you my deepest condolences. You often spoke of your two beautiful girls, and my heart goes out to you and your family in this incredibly difficult time. I hope you are able to find comfort in each other and in the memory of Kirsten. My thoughts are with you. Sincerely, Kimberly Guillen

10-04-2008 1:07 AM -- By: Jess North,  From: San Francisco  

Oh what a smile. Kirsten you are loved, honored, missed.

much love

10-04-2008 1:06 AM -- By: Amanda Smiles,  From: San Francisco  

Kirsten was a classmate of mine at new college. every class i had with her i felt truly blessed for her profound wisdom and gentle hope. she was, and will remain, an inspiration to me, the community of san francisco, and beyond. much love to family and friends and those who are hurting.

10-04-2008 12:42 AM -- By: Heidi Williams,  From: oc  

Erika and Family, My heart goes out to you guys. She was a great girl that I enjoyed meeting over a couple of events. I am really sorry for your loss. Love always, Heidi

10-04-2008 12:21 AM -- By: amanda sorensen,  From: orange county  

I was fortunate enough to know kirsten through anja and elisa brydum-our cousins-how terrible for life to be cut so short especially for someone who was so full of life my heart goes out to the entire brydum family

10-04-2008 12:19 AM -- By: Miranda Conboy,  From: Glendora, CA  

I was lucky enough to have been Kirsten's roommate our first two years at UCSD. She was such an amazing, unique, intelligent, beautiful woman. I will forever remember her and our time together.

10-04-2008 12:11 AM -- By: Nancy M,  From: VA  

Kirsten, I never met you but I wish I had. I am so sorry this happened. It's a strange world we live in. Kirsten, thanks for trying to make this strange world just a little bit better for all of us. Rest in Peace.

10-04-2008 12:06 AM -- By: Trina,  From: San Francisco  

I read about Kirsten's death on SFGate.com. While I did not know her, I have learned what a gift she was to the people of San Francisco -- a city of pioneers and people that strive to make the world a better place, both here and beyond. Kirsten exemplified this spirit, and I hope the concern she showed for this world lives on through those touched by her life.

10-03-2008 11:47 PM -- By: carlos figueroa,  From: Hayward  

I feel such a sadness in my heart even though I never met her. I'm so sorry for your loss.

10-03-2008 10:00 PM -- By: sandra m. rodriguez,  From: orlando, fl  

I came upon Kirsten's story and untimely death while on google researching something else, what an angel she was! without knowing her she seemed to have the compassion and love in today's society, she seemed to have a fighting spirit and wanted to better everyone's life, may her death not be in vain and may everyone continue her passionate work in tribute to her wonderful soul. I guess God needed another angel in heaven, god bless your family!

10-03-2008 9:59 PM -- By: Ashleigh Hill,  From: NY, NY  

I had the great fortune to meet Kirsten (and, in fact, all the Brydum cousins) this past summer in SF and was immediately struck by her kindness and passion. Her loss is a great one not only for her family, but for the world. We need more beautiful souls like hers here on earth. My heart goes out to her family and to all of the Brydum clan.

peace and blessings.


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