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

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09-02-2009 7:55 PM -- By: Aunt Mary,  From: Mission Viejo  

Hello My lovely Kirsten, I thought of you today at my new job and wanted to say hello to your familly. I know Farmor likes to read who writes in the memorial, and who is thinking of you. I read through the other notes to you and of course Uncle Carsten's made me cry and have thoughts of you being a little girl at some danish luncheon thru out the years! Your family loves and misses you terribly...till we meet again. Love Aunt Mary and Uncle David, Samantha and Mathew

08-30-2009 2:58 PM -- By: Suzanne Hale,  From: Portland Oregon  

I knew Kirsten as a young girl. She grew up to be an amazing young woman. She was fun and beautiful and devoted herself to helping others, a one woman Peace Corp.

My heart goes out to Mamie, her mother, and her sister Erika.

A scholarship is being awarded in her name by the Pride Of The Rose on Sunday, September 13th at Darcelle XV. (Portland, 208 NW 3rd, 6pm "Turnabout") The money was raised at the "Portland Party" in San Francisco this February and by the Imperial Sovereign Rose Court here in Portland, Oregon.

Some student will be able to go out and serve the community in Kirsten's name. I hope this is what she would want...

Next up, getting her a plaque in the park where she helped so many in San Francisco.

Thank you to the Imperial Courts in San Francisco and Portland for helping to honor and pass on the legacy of a beautiful person.

08-27-2009 5:53 PM -- By: ann mclaughlin,  From: los angeles, ca.  

My son, Blake Bogosian, and Kirsten were close friends through out high school. As a mother of four, three being young, free spirited daughters like Kirsten, there is not a day that goes by that she does not cross my mind. I am so sorry for your loss and hope that her family has found some sense of peace. What an amazing person she was, what a tragic loss for all. My condolences, AMc

08-16-2009 2:02 AM -- By: Debra,  From: massachusetts  

God Bless:

I came upon Kirsten site. A very special and beautiful individual. The talent, maturity is overwhelming. I am going to continue reading.

May peace be with her entire family and friends.

08-14-2009 9:45 PM -- By: Delyse Webb,  From: Originally Tulsa, OK  

Bless those who help others. This breaks my heart.

08-11-2009 8:40 PM -- By: cassandra baltaretu,  From: san francisco/ romania  

today, almost out of nowhere you popped into my mind. your sweet, sweet, smile and all that light that surrounded you... today i miss you. we're all still in it, home-girl, each of us in our own special way.

fly on little bird, fly on.

07-15-2009 12:28 PM -- By: Charlotte Remmel,  From: Houston, TX  

Kirsten was exceptional, she really was. I believe she could move mountains with her captivating words, her brilliant ideas, and her subtle way of organizing the world to be a better place. Thanks to her we can live a little more free....

06-17-2009 12:25 AM -- By: Jennifer Brogdon,  From: United States  

I learned of Kirsten while doing to research for an impending visit to SF...I have enjoyed very much reading her journal and viewing this memorial site. Thanks! Sincerely, JennyB

05-13-2009 4:23 AM -- By: Elisa,  From:  

They're throwing flowers in the river, prayers are being said, you are missed.

05-06-2009 5:43 PM -- By: heidi,  From: detroit,mi  

to the brydum & kirsten, plz accept my sorrow for the tragic death of Kirsten she is a beautiful young lady I will keep the family & friends in my prayers & i hope we will all meet again one day my son jared dudek od.d 7-25-09 & my world is shattered again i am sooooo sorry for your loss XOXO Heidi (jared dudek mom) XOXO

05-03-2009 5:26 PM -- By: Rebecca Reed Cowling,  From: Herndon, Virginia  

I looked up Steen on the Internet and found this memorial to Kirsten. I worked with Steen about 40 years ago in California. I don't know if he remembers me but at the time Robert Cowling and I were a team. I am so sorry for this tragedy. Any life is worth celebrating but Kirsten is very special and I am sure she will be sorely missed. With love, Becky Cowling

05-01-2009 12:03 AM -- By: Aaron,  From: New Orleans  

I just want to give my condolences and heart and support to her family and friends and those who knew or have met this woman, and for those who grieve and never met her as I do. She was beautiful and seemed to share many of my own interests and opinions while also being a free spirited person such as myself. Though I live in New Orleans (originally from Atlanta), The tragedy that happened to Kirsten, along with others that year, makes me very displeased with the city. Again, I am sorry for her family and am praying for them and all they have gone through.

04-11-2009 6:21 PM -- By: Avonelle,  From: I live in California  

Angel has returned to the heavens, where her best work will be done as she spreads her wings among us in every corner of our lives where she has traveled and planted memories. I will be awaiting your touch Kirsten when you are settled. Thank you for conversations we had sharing our travels.

04-07-2009 3:12 PM -- By: Christy Pruitt,  From: Birmingham AL  

Steen and Angel Kirsten, Wow, what an amazingly beautiful, free spirit. Her journal captures her essence and passion for life. How proud you must be to have brought this amazing woman into our world. I am so sorry for what happened to her. I understand what you are feeling- my loved one was murdered too. Under different circumstances- but taken too soon by the hands of another the same... I can tell this woman has touched the lives of many... Find comfort in the love and memories that you share with her. Do not let her murder define her memory... She is much too special for that. If I can help you in any way - let me know... I will pray for peace that passes understanding for you and your family.. Sending angel (((hugs))) your way... Christy and Angel Latrisha Pruitt

03-23-2009 9:50 PM -- By: Wendy,  From: Gig Harbor, Washington  

Dear Steen, Noah & I just got back from a trip to San Francisco. I asked the friends we were staying with to take us to Dolores Park. We spent a beautiful San Francisco afternoon in the park, surrounded by Kirsten's spirit. You and your family are often in my thoughts.

03-15-2009 1:10 PM -- By: Lori Nichol,  From: Riverside , California  

Kirsten, you don't know me, but I happened upon this website in search of my son....a fellow activist.I had not seen or heard from him in a few days and in my worried state, I googled him. That is how I came to meet you, postumasly, I am sad to say. In reading your journal, I not only got to know about you, but also much more about my son. I already know how awesome he is, and sharing your beliefs and passions, I realize he is even more remarkable than I ever knew. For that I must thank you. It is so sad that someone as amazing as yourself, should only be with us such a short time. You are missed.

03-09-2009 4:50 PM -- By: Alison,  From: Portland, Or  

I only recently got the news of Kirsten's death and I am moved to express my deepest sympathies to her family and friends. I used to teach yoga in San Francisco, and Kirsten blessed me with her graceful presence in my classes regularly. I have since moved to Portland, and Kirsten visited my class in Southeast when she was here last year, at the start of her final journey.

She also wrote some exquisite emails regarding her experience with yoga, and the connections she drew from her practice to her studies and other things she loved. It is students like Kirsten, who drink deeply at the well, that make it a joy to teach, and I was actually writing to invite her to collaborate with me on a writing project when my email was returned, and I discovered the shocking news.

I kept one of these emails, because it was so insightful and provocative, and I would be happy to share it with you, her family, if so desired. I didn't think it was appropriate to post it here without your consent. You can reach me at alisonalstrom@gmail.com

Bless you.

03-09-2009 12:49 AM -- By: kym,  From: new york  

Just got back from a trip to Nola. I saw a poster for the Brydum Tandem project (for free bike escorts). I gave the number to a friend and fellow activist before leaving... Kirsten is an inspiration.

02-22-2009 9:34 PM -- By: Gail,  From: Michigan  

I am so sorry for your loss. Kirsten seemed to be so brave and free spirited. This is a beautiful tribute.

02-22-2009 12:11 AM -- By: colleenhamilton,  From: Van Nuys  

Dear Mamie, I heard from a St.B's parent about Kirsten. Although I don't remember her, I remember you from Ralphs Supermarket where I worked and you would shop. I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful daughter, that I read about in the Times. You must be devastated. I cannot know your pain but please know I am praying for you, she sounded like an amazing little girl. Prayers are being offered up for your entire family. XXXOOO

02-16-2009 7:48 PM -- By: AJM,  From: everywhere  

I wish I had the courage to live the way you did. Thank you.

02-16-2009 2:07 PM -- By: Opie,  From: San Francisco  

“What is that feeling when you're driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? — It's the too-huge world vaulting us, and its good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies." - Jack Kerouac, On the Road, Part 2, Ch. 8

During mid-century America the character Sal Paradise (Kerouac) in the book On the Road preferred traveling the country behind the wheel of a large automobile. I didn’t know Kirsten, but I’d bet that her preferred mode of travel was by train, by bicycle, or on foot. Riding the rails, pedaling, switching gears, blowing kisses.

All that I know of Kirsten is what I have viewed on the internet. Her journals, the articles about her, the wonderful things that her family, friends, and even complete strangers have written about her, the many photos, and the one video of her in the park. In that video you can see the sheer passion she had for activism and her causes, it’s clearly expressed in her eyes. If your eyes are the windows to your soul, then Kirsten was filled with unconditional love. From the many photos of her, I can see that Kirsten’s smile is the type that can light up a room. A smile so sweet you can pour it over pancakes, and I’m sure it was contagious. Upon reading about her, not only does compassion come to mind, but words like bravery, openheartedness, conviction, and idealism do as well. Like a fiery comet blazing at light speed, beyond the moon, across the starry nighttime sky, gone too soon.

Dear Kirsten, I read somewhere that your favorite quote is “We’re all in this together.” Well, we still are, always will be, and your right here with us all, in our hearts. So keep riding the rails, keep pedaling those bikes, keep switching gears, and keep blowing kisses up there in the heavens above. Take comfort in the fact that you will see all of your family and friends again, somewhere down the line. I never knew you, but I love you.

02-07-2009 4:13 PM -- By: Laura Glassford,  From: Portland  

Kirsten has an incredibly beautiful soul. And always will. I wish I could have known her! My heart beats in rhythm to your sorrow.

02-03-2009 12:54 AM -- By: Ana,  From: Mexico  

hey!! I'm very sorry for your lost I know how you feel. Days before of kirsten murder my friend Sally was murdered in Oaxaca, Mexico!! I didn't knew Kirsten but feel sad about her death!! she really inspire me!!

02-02-2009 7:14 AM -- By: phil,  From: simi valley  

no one else has ever inspired me to be a better individual than you and all i've ever done was read the LA times article on you. thank you

01-31-2009 11:06 PM -- By: Julie,  From: San Francisco  

What a beautiful spirit! I read the article today in the L.A. Times and while I feel such sorrow by her death, I also feel so inspired by her life. My condolences to all who knew her and especially to her family. In her memory, I vow to no longer be complacent.

01-31-2009 9:29 PM -- By: Vickie Nollinger,  From: Los Angeles  

I was struck by the article in today's LA Times on this fearless and courageous young woman. Living in San Francisco from 1987 to 2003, it had become a second home for me, where I very much enjoyed the lifestyle of the art community. Now, I find much of the same in Venice and Santa Monica. Common ground relief sounds like something I will pursue and I think the really free market is a terrific idea. The values and ideals Kirsten embraced will live on!

01-31-2009 8:47 PM -- By: Anja Brydum,  From: Los Angeles  

dearest baby K, i am sorry i have not written here until now. it is so hard to write to you and know that you will not be writing back to me in this life. you were on the front page of the los angeles times today. the front page, my love! you are still touching hearts, still influencing with your subtleties (and not-so-subtle-ties), still illuminating spaces with your smile. i am overwhelmed today, mi amor. every breath i take in, i feel you. and every breath out, i try to say goodbye. but i'm still not ready. two nights ago, in a dream, you and i sat on the floor with erika. she was worried you and i would be upset that the ground was covered with random objects she had collected to build several different projects. we both smiled and held one of her hands and you said "this is your time, and here, you will create exactly what you are meant to". every day is a process, but we are learning how to carry you in our hearts, and continue to move forward with our own work. but not a moment goes by when i am not missing you. muchos besos. para siempre.

01-31-2009 3:28 PM -- By: Kenneth Cooper,  From: Los Angeles  

I did not know Kirsten but I could tell from reading in the Los Angeles Times newspaper that she was a beautiful young woman inside and out and I am deeply saddened to hear about such a beautiful human being such as her being brutally slain in the way that she was. It truly depresses and angers me. She seemed like the kind of person who would want love and forgiveness to be bestowed upon her killers and I respect that. I respect all people who have the strength to turn the other cheek and forgive and forget. Unfortunately, I am not one of those people. I hope her killers are found and handled with the harshest brand of justice on this planet. I hope Kirsten is resting in peace now and I hope that one day I will actually be able to meet this beautiful person in the afterlife. God bless Kirsten, her family, her memory and the beautiful dream and legacy of peace and togetherness that she left with us.


Los Angeles, California

01-31-2009 12:51 PM -- By: Lana,  From: Los Angeles  

Just read an article about Kirsten in today's LA TIMES. SO inspiring... Her story really touched me. She was so full of light. I really admire her bravery and authenticity. I have to say, I still feel that her presence is very strong among us.


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