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

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12-17-2009 8:56 AM -- By: Auntie Ellen,  From: huntington beach,ca  

Dear Kirsten, I miss you lots. Love you forever

12-12-2009 3:35 AM -- By: Greg,  From: San Jose  

i miss your really really free markets kirsten. in the park. it is your park. love is love, and fights happen. they will never forget about you.

11-27-2009 11:38 AM -- By: Tim Hutchinson,  From: greensboro,north carolina  

i was lucky to have met her

11-25-2009 12:24 PM -- By: Lori Thompson-Zalobny,  From: College Station, TX  

Amazing human being, an angel to many.. Wish I could've known her..

11-04-2009 2:53 AM -- By: Sandhya Abey,  From: Sri Lanka  

so sorry for your loss may god bless you .

10-14-2009 7:21 PM -- By: Nicole J. Cappas,  From: Reseda, CA  

To Kirsten's family, and especially to Erika,

I attended Holmes Middle School with Kirsten and was good friends with Erika at the time. I have pictures of Erika and myself in a drawer from 12 years ago, and I remember Kirsten.

I lost touch with Erika after we graduated 8th grade and am now a junior at CSUN. I am the editor of The Betty Newsletter in the department of Family and Consumer Sciences, and so while looking for an article to fill up the last page, I came across one written by a student who was an acquaintance to Kirsten, depicting the virtual memorial, and the inspiration that she sparked within the writer after her death. In her article, she encouraged readers to visit the memorial. As the editor, I have to check all content we print, and I couldn't figure out why the name Brydum was naggingly familiar until I visited this site, and the first picture in the slideshow was of Erika and Kirsten at Christmas. It quickly became evident and my eyes teared up. I then checked my 1997 yearbook, and discovered I had highlighted Kirsten's name in the "Not Pictured" section of the graduating class.

I am shocked and saddened by her tragic and untimely death. But more than that, I am so proud of what Kirsten accomplished in her 25 years of life. I don't remember us being very close, but I do recall the energy she possessed for life, even at 13 or 14.

I am so very sorry for your loss and I hope that the readers will visit Kirsten's virtual memorial as they have been urged by the writer. It must be an honor to have loved and known Kirsten like only a family can.

My deepest condolences to everyone who has been touched by Kirsten's death, and to those who have been inspired by her life. And to Kirsten, thank you for the reminder that it only takes one person, one young woman, to make a difference in the world.

-Nicole J. Cappas

09-30-2009 10:46 PM -- By: Shakira Johnson,  From: Denver  

Kirsten's legacy is simply amazing. What a strong a beautiful woman. What she accomplished in her short life was beyond what most people accomplish in very long lives. I never had the opportunity to know Kirsten personally but her cousin Ashleen is my best friend and through her, I have come to know Kirsten. It's my hope and prayer that we will all follow Kirsten's example and live to be as amazing and incredible as she was.

09-30-2009 9:07 AM -- By: Shelly Williams,  From: New Orleans  

Since the hurricane, I have been living in TX. I continue to read of the crime wave of my beloved hometown. I was saddened to read of the tragic ending of this beautiful young woman. This is one of the reasons that I have not returned home.

09-30-2009 7:51 AM -- By: glenn,  From: the frozen wasteland (WI)  

this crime greatly concerns me, since I frequently visit NOLA in the winter/spring, and use bikes and mass transit to get around. I do know where the projects are, and steer clear of them, esp. at nite.

09-30-2009 3:28 AM -- By: Joe Gallagher,  From: Columbus, Oh  

I always remember you in my prayers. God Bless.

09-30-2009 12:44 AM -- By: Ms.Nessa,  From: LaPlace, LA  

Words cannot express how saddened I am after reading this story. My God this young lady was doing Gods work and enjoyed it. Have you read her journal? She didnt judge ppl. according to their financial background she gave unconditionally. She was on her way to do great and wonderful things here in the Crescent City. To her family and friends I want you to know Kirsten is in Heaven.And the ones that killed her will be judged. I know that it may not hold too much weight now, but know that God is your strength, He will turn your mourning into dancing. Her life is celebrated beautifully and her memory will live on longer then Mike Jackson. People like her are extraordinarily special. What she had intended to bring to Nawlins is much needed. GOD LOVES YOU & IS WITH YOU BRYDUM FAMILY & FRIENDS.

09-29-2009 7:34 AM -- By: Liz,  From: New Orleans  

This was a great loss for her family, friends, and the entire planet. I saw her story on the news this morning and read about her life. She was such a great, giving person that was making sacrifices to make the world a better place for others. She made a lot of difference in her short time on this planet.

09-29-2009 3:00 AM -- By: Lindsay,  From: Anaheim, Ca  

Hey there beautiful. I was thinking about you today and just wanted to come on here and just say a simple hello. sometimes I come on here and read these wonderful entries and cant help but not break down a little. I truly wish I could have seen you one last time before this tragedy happened. One fond memory I have of you is at Elisa's sixties birthday party in auntie ellens and uncle carstens garage and you teaching me this dance move and I just couldnt get it right and I talked about it to my mom the rest of the day because of how much fun I had with you. You are truly being missed.

Love, Lindsay

09-28-2009 10:05 PM -- By: Dave Hask,  From: Pennsylvania  

My condolences, much belated, to Kirsten's family and friends. Her life made sense, her death totally senseless. I am sorry for your loss and hope that her spirit will live on in the actions of those who have read about her and realize that there is a better way to live

09-28-2009 9:35 PM -- By: Cathy,  From:  

thinking about you makes me want to smile and cry at the same time. i cling to our memories together and know you are with me always. you are with everyone who strives to make this world a better place, and we thank you for your love. you were a beautiful friend my dear. i love you.

09-28-2009 12:12 AM -- By: Cathlene Yapyuco,  From: Granada Hills, Ca  

I only found out about this a couple months ago and I am still shocked. How could something like this happen?

Kirsten and I attended St. Bridget of Sweden together for most of elementary school. I remember her fun spirit. On hot lunch days, she would get special orders from her mom and she was always kind enough to share her goodies with her friends. She was smart, funny and was never afraid to speak her mind.

We lost touch in jr. high and high school ... but during my last year of college, we ran into each other outside of a lecture hall. Both of us attended UC San Diego, but didn't know until that day. She greeted me with a smile. I almost didn't recognize her .. I think her hair was pink! =)

My condolences to her family. I hope justice will come soon and they can solve this case.

09-27-2009 11:34 PM -- By: Sharone`, Chloe-McKayla's Grandma ,  From:  

To Angel Kirsten many blessings to you on this very special day and to your lovely family peace and blessings on Kirsten's very special day. As I read your beautiful tribute to Kristen my heart breaks for her family, she was truly a wonderful young lady I am so sorry that her journey was not longer. Sharone`, Chloe-McKayla's Grandma

09-27-2009 11:16 PM -- By: Ariana,  From: Los Angeles  

I'm knew Kristen from my childhood days, while attending school at St. Bridgets. She was a sweet girl and always had a smile for everyone. She will be missed.

09-27-2009 10:30 PM -- By: Kelly Poyer,  From: Camarillo  

i miss you so much. you were an amazing person and didn't deserve any of this. your bright spirit will live on forever. you will always be in my heart.

09-27-2009 5:36 PM -- By: Wendy,  From: Gig Harbor, Washington  


I've been thinking about Kirsten a lot as the year anniversary approached, and hope that the coming year brings peace and the remembrance of happy memories to your family.


09-27-2009 4:02 PM -- By: Haley Austin,  From: Lake Elsinore  

im am so sorry for your loss i know how it must feel again i am very sorry for ur loss

09-27-2009 1:48 PM -- By: ,  From:  

I think of you often sweet Kirsten. always in my thoughts, always in my heart. until we meet again

09-23-2009 4:59 AM -- By: Sid,  From: Pismo Beach  

it is about the hand grenade in your heart. too strong for me.

09-23-2009 12:59 AM -- By: dave washer,  From: san anselmo, CA  

So so sorry for your loss. My daughter phoebe died a year an a half ago. Such a beautiful inspiration she was also. Kirsten touches my heart, her legacy is so grand and beautiful. Sean Hayes wrote a song for her and my phoebe was intertwined in it also. Such a tragic loss, these beautiful spirits, our shining stars I'm so sorry for your loss.

With much love and appreciation for her and her family.

Dave Washer


09-21-2009 6:25 PM -- By: Dylan Silver,  From: San Francisco  

I interviewed Kirsten for a story about the Really, Really Free Market. She seemed so pure and completely benevolent. I found out about her death randomly this year at Burning Man and was very saddened. I hope her memory lives on.

Here's the link to the story I produced, which contains audio clips of her voice and several photos: xpress.sfsu.edu/1001words/2008s/06free/

09-12-2009 5:31 AM -- By: Opie,  From: SF  

At the park. In SF. Let's get together. It will be 1 year soon. Ever known someone like KB? Free Market... Be there.

09-11-2009 3:41 PM -- By: Rose,  From: New Orleans  

I have been following Kirsten's story for almost a year now. To say she seemed like a wonderful person is an understatement! I was wondering if there has been any progress in solving her case? I hate to think that the culprit is still out there. Best wishes to Kirsten's family and friends.

09-08-2009 7:44 PM -- By: Angela,  From: Sherman Oaks, CA  

This is so tragic and I am so sorry for your loss. I knew Kirsten from St. Bridget's and had many wonderful memories with her. She was an amazing person and touched many people.

My condolences, Angela

09-07-2009 2:24 PM -- By: Laura,  From: Los Angeles  

I'm deeply saddened to hear the news of Kirsten's passing. I knew Kirsten from our days over at St. Bridget's. Although we hadn't spoken in years she still was an amazing and beautiful spirit. I am so terribly sorry for your loss.

09-06-2009 4:47 PM -- By: Kirstens Mom,  From: Portland OR  

My heart still aches every hour of every day and I miss you terribly. You truly were my gift to this world.


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