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

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10-03-2008 4:28 PM -- By: jkat,  From: San Franisco, CA.  

I'm really so sorry that this happened to such a nice girl, I remember the news story about her free markets at Delores and I had checked one out. What a loss to the community and to the world at large. Why do the good always get taken first? My sincere condolences to all her family, may she be at peace now.

10-03-2008 4:27 PM -- By: Lisa,  From: SF/RWC  

I had to write again after reading her Journal. Here I am supposed to be working (filing Bankruptcies) but instead I am reading about this amazing trip full of intriguing characters and radical inspiration. Her writing is so wonderful that I felt like I was with her for a moment, her descriptions and analogies creating vivid pictures in my mind... And then I got to that last paragraph. The paragraph that I already knew was the ends because I read it first in the newspaper, when I knew little about her and hadn't yet felt her conviction, courage, and presence the way I do now. So when I got to the last paragraph, I couldn't help but feel as though I lost a friend. It is amazing how my day has changed due to an hour of reading on the Internet. I can tell that Kirsten's Legacy will live on; all across the country she left a lingering presence that will keep pushing the activist communities (big and small) she encountered to continue fighting forward. My heart goes out to her family and friends, and I want you to know that this site and her memory has moved me in such a powerful way, so please keep at it. Thank you.

10-03-2008 4:22 PM -- By: Pia Salk,  From: NYC and Los Angeles  

I am so very moved by what I have just read about a person, who, to me, is a stranger. And it is because of this, and because of Kirsten's commitment to helping others, that I feel moved to write. Even in her death, this brave woman has managed to touch the lives of others. I am reminded of the importance of this "collective" of which we are all a part. I am familiar with New Orleans as, I traveled to there after hurricane Katrina to assist in the animal rescue effort. My personal commitment in the world has been to bettering the lives of animals in need, like the squirrel that Kirsten helped. I am saddened to hear of this dedicated woman's passing and feel connected to her in more ways than one. Sadly, I can also envision the streets of New Orleans at night as I spent many hours there with others as dedicated as Kirsten. I hope those who knew her will find solace in the fact that she lived according her own values and this, in and of itself, is fulfilling. May we all feel more connected to each other, our fellow creatures and the earth in her honor. Perhaps even engage in a chosen act of kindness and solidarity in her name today. In Kinship, Pia drpiasalk@gmail.com

10-03-2008 4:15 PM -- By: Bywater woman,  From: New Orleans  

I am deeply saddened by Kirsten's untimely passing. Even though I never knew her, I feel the pain of her loss keenly.

This is a plea to all who live in our wonderful yet dangerous city: please please, take care of your friends, especially women who are easier targets. Offer them a ride back home or a cab ride. There are many predators out there roaming the streets at night to rob and kill. We can't afford to have another victim like Kirsten. Far too many good, single women have been tragically murdered in our city. It is up to us to protect our friends and family by never letting them travel alone late at night.

My thoughts go to Kirsten and her family.

10-03-2008 4:06 PM -- By: Andre,  From: San Francisco  

My heart goes out to the family and friend of Kirsten. I too lost a loved one to senseless violence and know the pain of this type of loss. Keep it moving in her memory.

10-03-2008 3:52 PM -- By: Carlos summers,  From: Washington  

I am so sorry this has happened. My prayers are with you and the family.

Peace and God Bless


10-03-2008 3:50 PM -- By: Lisa Hofeling,  From: San Francisco/Redwood City  

I never met her, but when I saw this on SF Gate today it broke my heart. Just a few years ago I was her age and was active in trying to make change and progress. Now I am a 29 year old mother of an almost 2 year old (Raina) back living in Redwood City, and things like this push me to look for whatever I can do to help out, for myself, for my daughter, and for people who lose their lives truly trying to help others.

10-03-2008 3:48 PM -- By: Charles Chamberlain,  From: New Orleans  

So sorry about this tragic loss. We wish her family the best, and hope justice is served. I have many friends for the neighborhood where she was found, and we are all sick about this senseless death.

10-03-2008 3:44 PM -- By: Aaron Malys,  From: NY  

My deepest condolences for your loss. My daughter is traveling the states right now much like Kirsten was, in fact they have met in Kansas City as mentioned in her final journal entry. I am outraged at her death which was most likely a botched robbery. There is no excuse to end a young persons life over something so trivial.

My daughter has posted her own memorial on one of my blogs headkleaner.com under "Trekking the States"if you are interested.

10-03-2008 3:38 PM -- By: anon-99,  From:  

i am so sorry for this tragedy. please disregard these lewd posts above and below. they are immature children from a messgae board. they cannot understand the gravity of such a situation, nor I for that matter. my prayers go out to Kirsten's family, may you find peace through all of this. God bless you

10-03-2008 3:33 PM -- By: Norma Grech,  From: California  

Dear Steen,Erika and Brydum family,

How blessed you are to have somebody like Kirsten in your life! Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you on this difficult time. Grech-Bann family

10-03-2008 3:26 PM -- By: patty Meyers,  From: san francisco  

After reading just one, and last, entry of this incredible woman's journal, i am struck by what a loss her life and energy and insight are to the world. May her inspiration however live forever.

10-03-2008 3:24 PM -- By: Emily Butterfly,  From: Bay Area  

Many Blessings to Kirsten Brydums powerful spirit and the abundance of love and support from her dear family and friends.

10-03-2008 3:21 PM -- By: Reverend Billy,  From: The Church of Stop Shopping (a roving ministry)  

In memory of Kirsten...

Her warrior-ness must be in us now. We pray that her excitement and generosity will come through into our beliefs, into our action, our fingers and legs and smiles...


10-03-2008 3:14 PM -- By: Michele Collier,  From: Crestline, CA.  

Thank You Kirsten

I heard that an angel walked this earth for awhile
walking with love and talking
with a smile.
Making every moment count
as if she always knew
exactly what she was here to do.
With talents and gifts
she came to teach us
to help and uplift us.
From her we could learn
to give and to live
without seeking any thing
in return...
...and as was her way
this angelic sprite
left us one day,
but not leaving without
leaving her light.
With so little time
she left so many with so much
and will live forever
in all she has touched.

10-03-2008 3:01 PM -- By: Isaac collins,  From: Santa Cruz  

Peace be with you and your soul is free and the spirits save you with love your hard work is real thank you.

10-03-2008 2:59 PM -- By: Elijah,  From: East Palo Alto  

It is an extreme shame that her life ended tragically. I just read the article and was saddened by what occured. I'm 25 myself, and I have hopes of changing the world in the lives of those who are unfortunate. Here was osmeone who DID it. God bless her, her family she leaves behind and the countless people she's affected with a loving heart and bright smile.

10-03-2008 2:50 PM -- By: Nina ,  From: Providence RI  

Thank you Kirsten for being so inspirational to me. I promise to help carry on with the good work you were doing down here. See you on the other side.

Love Nina

10-03-2008 2:47 PM -- By: max,  From: san francisco/ UK  

I met kirsten when I was living in station 40 and she was showing us massage techniques, at a dirty dove workshop. I didnt know her very well but I'm deeply saddened and shocked that this happened. My heart goes out to all the people close to her, friends and family and the community she was such a vibrant part of. I am inspired by her writing and by the legacy she and others have left in our community. I will hold onto that. Love to you all.

10-03-2008 2:32 PM -- By: abel,  From:  

I didn't know her at all. But it seems like she was an awesome human being. With love and condolences to her family friends. May her values and spirits live on

10-03-2008 2:29 PM -- By: Sandra,  From: San Francisco  

I don't really know what to say to her parents! I'm really, really sorry from the very bottom of my heart. The ones who stay here are the ones who suffer the most. I'm so, sorry.

Sandra S

10-03-2008 2:27 PM -- By: david boyer,  From: cali  

will miss you forever

10-03-2008 2:27 PM -- By: Tena Rubio,  From: SF Bay Area  

What an amazing young woman... I was deeply touched and saddened by her story. Another senseless death in a city I know and absolutely love. My heart goes out to her family and friends.

Sincerely, Tena Rubio "Making Contact"

10-03-2008 2:17 PM -- By: karen ,  From: Memphis  

To the Brydum Family: I have been reading all of the tributes to your daughter & she must have been one special lady. This news really bothers me, I love NOLa & I know there are a lot of wondeful people there who are hanging on for dear life to keep their city livable. Please demand answers from NOPD--don't give up. Your daughter has reached out to many more than she probably ever imagined, I, for one never knew such organizations existed. I wish I could have met her, also. Just to read her words, you feel like you know her. And a wordsmith, she was. My prayers are with you, Peace be with you. I never knew such organizations existed, so she has again, touched more lives.

10-03-2008 2:16 PM -- By: bj harden jones,  From: sf and asheville, nc  

i may be one of the last friends of kirsten's to have spent time with her. !! she visited and stayed with me in asheville, nc just before she was leaving to go to new orleans. we had a beautiful time together, she told me some of her dreamings, we talked about how the world is changing, how san francisco is changing, how we find ourselves changing... i love our loose and joyful connections with each other. what a sparkler!

10-03-2008 2:04 PM -- By: Jaimie McCaslin,  From: SFV, Ca  

It is a shame that someone had to be so selfish as to take such a wonderful person away from her family and friends. My thoughts are with her family and friends and all those her were so lucky to have met her.

10-03-2008 2:02 PM -- By: Jessica Sheeley,  From: Van Nuys, CA  

I met Kirsten in middle school. We were never close but every time I saw her or hung out with her she was a complete sweetheart. This senseless act has shaken me. My thoughts and wishes are with her family. May her actions and good deeds be always remembered, and may she rest in peace. Thank you for being the good person you were.

10-03-2008 1:47 PM -- By: Arnaldo Cabral,  From: Van Nuys, CA  

Over the last 11 + years..

Everytime I saw a 'Wet Paint' sign, I thought of you.

Everytime I saw StarBurst candy, I thought of you.

Everytime the clock read 6:16, I thought of you.

My Princess Leia, you will NEVER be forgotten.

I love you.

10-03-2008 1:46 PM -- By: caleb,  From: marin county  

I did not know Kirsten however I know that her life was far too short and that she had a lot more to give to this world.My thoughts and prayers are with her, her family, and her friends. My hope is that you all will honor her life by taking the things you most admired about her and applying them to your own lives. Rest in peace Kirsten.

10-03-2008 1:41 PM -- By: Jamilah ,  From: San Francisco  

May you rest in peace now. Thank you for being on this earth to make this world a better place.


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