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

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11-24-2008 1:08 PM -- By: Bill & Juandeane Doherty,  From: Newbury Park, Ca  

Dear Steen and Mamie, We were so shocked to hear about Kirsten. We moved to Newbury Park in 1992 and she was still a little girl. Our deepest condolonces to all of you and may God bless you and strengthen you in these sorrowful times. With love and prayers, Bill & Juandeane Doherty

11-22-2008 11:59 PM -- By: k,  From: new orleans  

on behalf of new orleans, i am so so sorry. the city is violent, but the community here is strong, and the city is full of goodness and beauty, too. i hate that this happened. i feel sick. i hope this won't deter others with optimistic, open hearts from coming to this city. we need you. we really need you.

11-20-2008 1:49 PM -- By: Jessica,  From: San Francisco  

I am deeply sorry for what happened to this angel. Her spirit, zest for life, and work will never be forgotten.

11-19-2008 2:25 PM -- By: The Wises,  From: Portland  

Joe we are so sorry for your loss. I do not know what to say, except to tell you that you can call upon my wife or I for anything you need. Though we never had the pleasure of meeting your daughter, it is plain to see that she was a remarkable young woman and a true example of how much a person can be. The world is now an emptier place without her. -Our deepest sympathies.

11-17-2008 12:13 PM -- By: Marianne D. Hove,  From: N.J.  

"Great Danes come in many sizes and shapes"

I did not know Kirsten but read about her passing in "The Danish Pioneer". What an amazing, spirited and loving person Kirsten was. She surely has accomplished more in her 25 years on Earth than many of us will ever do. I will pray for hope and healing for your family and friends.


11-12-2008 4:40 AM -- By: janel,  From: sf  

thank you for this beautiful website. i met kirsten only once at access cafe in the mission district. she is an inspiration to me, putting ideals into action. i hope we can continue her spirit of activism and sharing so someday this will never happen to anyone ever again. because if kirsten's dreams are carried out, no one will feel the need to take from another, since we will all have enough.

11-10-2008 7:13 PM -- By: Caitlin Page,  From: Maryland  

Kirsten is my cousin and I will forever miss her. My favorite memory of her is running around in Jamestown when we were very young; I was maybe 3 or 4. Erika was calling us over to the sand, and I started running towards her, but Kirsten caught my arm and insisted on carrying me, shouting "No! you're the baby, I have to carry the baby!" I obliged but at the time she was only a bit bigger than me, and it took a very long time to get to the sand. Other than that it's a blurry mix of watching The Princess Bride and Shirley Temple on rainy days, and seeing her a few times when we were teenagers. I hadn't seen her or spoken with her in over 5 years, but we recently exchanged e-mails. How I wish she would have stopped to visit me in between Chicago and North Carolina. As of early August she had plans to stay with me while she visited Baltimore and D.C. I'll never know why she changed her mind, but I wish she had. What if? Below is her last email to me which I'd like to share with everyone. I responded a few days later, but to no avail. I know she was busy with her cause, and I hope she inspired many people along the way! Maime, Erika and Steen: I love you.

(August 6th)

Hi Caitlin! Oh, I'm so excited I might get to see you! I'm still bummed that I didn't make it to Thanksgiving a few years ago when you were in town. So much has developed in both of our lives. I cant wait to catch up. Right now I'm in Philadelphia. I just arrived last night from New York City. I spent most of my time in Brooklyn and really fell in love. Its where all the cool people of the City hang out without the hectic, frenetic energy of the City. But of course, that's all so nearby if one starts to itch for more excitement. Anyways, after Philly I move onward up to Rhode Island. I'll be staying with a friend in Providence and also visiting Tyler, Steven, Debra and (hopefully) the Cove. After that I'm trying to make it to the Midwest for a few weeks and then back to the east coast, which is when I'd be running through DC and Baltimore. My estimate would be around the 2nd week of September. What's your address?

Lots of love, Sweet Pea. I'll be seeing you soon. Kirsten

11-06-2008 9:48 PM -- By: Ellen,  From: Huntington Beach, Cal.  

Dear Kirsten,

I miss you so much. I Love you. I wish to see you again. You are the one holding my shattered heart together. I will do my best to help your Far, Mom, and sister Erika find peace. I wish for your strength to help us find our way. I can't say good-bye to you beautiful girl. See you later. I will love you forever and a day. Auntie Ellen

11-05-2008 4:20 AM -- By: hlvtca,  From: seattle/new orleans  

I just discovered this wonderful woman. Taken from this earth too soon, and with so much left to accomplish. She seemed like a beautiful person who brought lots of light to her friends, family, and community.

I am sorry for your loss.

11-04-2008 4:11 PM -- By: DeeAnn Wallace,  From: Portland, Oregon  

My thoughts are with your family.

11-02-2008 1:19 AM -- By: Eudora,  From: East St Louis, IL  

My heart goes out to Kirsten's family and friends. I pray for you. I don't know what to say. I think about her often since I read that she was taken from you. Another wonderful young lady who was needed in this world!

10-31-2008 7:44 PM -- By: Pamela ,  From: NCC Alum  

It has taken me over one month to compose myself to write about the bright eyed girl whose spirit brightened my days while we fought to return to New College for our final semester of school. Her wisdom and compassion were far beyond her years.

She is brilliant and her light still shines. She is giving because we still benefit from having known her. She is kind and her kindness resides in all that knew her. She is a gift from GOD and he shared her with us for as long as he could. She is my friend because a friend like Kirsten never dies -- my heart won't let her.

10-31-2008 1:24 PM -- By: Sue Hoskin,  From: San Diego, CA  

Kirsten's memorials were sent to me by dear friend, Ruth Carenas.

I hope to inspire my teenage granddaughter with this exceptional young woman's journey. She has touched so many hearts and her soul lives on with all of us. Thank you, Kirsten and God Bless You.

10-28-2008 9:09 PM -- By: pia nielsen,  From: Fyn, now living in LA  

I'm so sorry for your loss. I cannot even begin to imagine the grief you must be dealing with right now. Kirsten sounds like such an amazing young woman. I just read her eulogy in Bien and I cried. My condolences. Pia Nielsen

10-27-2008 5:30 PM -- By: Meg,  From: Canada  

Though I didn't know your daughter and only came upon her name through another site I think that her spirit will live on in the hearts of many. Everyone talked about what a cool, warm, sweet, decent and great human being that she was. I am sorry that you have had to suffer the pain that you all have and I hope that you find peace when your hearts are ready.

10-27-2008 4:46 PM -- By: Zach,  From: SF  

[REVISED] I miss you Kirsten but I know you're not far from us at all. The Hindus say you're on another Astral plane playing the game of hide-and-seek and the Zen monks probably wouldn't say anything. And Socrates would say,

"Anyone who is good for anything ought not calculate the chance of living or dying; they ought only to consider whether in doing anything they are doing right or wrong-acting the part of a good person or a bad."

You never wasted a minute in your pursuit of doing what was right and I think we all couldn't help but feel some attachment and awe in your presence. You are always an inspiration to me and remain present within the shin- and quite remarkably impossible to forget (which of course I will occasionally do to stop by and see you).

I hope you enjoyed this last RRFM, I know you were running around there with me and dancing away to all that wonderful music.

Continuing your struggle with love and solidarity, Zach

10-27-2008 1:31 PM -- By: Jalicia Sturdivant,  From: Birmingham  

I never got the privilage of knowing you, but from how Ashleen thought of you, i know that you will truely be missed.

10-27-2008 11:54 AM -- By: Anon,  From: colo,  

I did not know Kirsten. I was visiting Nola Oct 1 when I saw a couple people putting a flyer of Kirsten's murder in a market a few doors down from a bicycle shop where I had planned to rent a bicycle. I have visited Nola the past three years and rented bicycles each time , but not this time. My heart goes out to the family and friends. I have not been able to stop thinking about this tragic event. Kirsten certinally seemed to be a very special lady. I am very sorry for this loss of a person who obviouslly had a great spirit.

10-25-2008 8:59 AM -- By: Marina Manetti,  From: Urbana, Illinois  

Kirsten is and was a gift to us all. I wish I had met her in person. I will do my best to know her through her thoughts and deeds. Thank you.

10-24-2008 12:29 PM -- By: Timi ,  From: Washington, DC  

I didn't know Kirsten, but I have been a part of the same movements for justice as she was for the past decade...and that means in some senses she is part of my family too, certainly part of my community. What a loss to the world and to everyone who knew and loved her. It's incredible to me how meaningful her too short life was - she changed the world around her in ways that most people don't even think is possible. At this dark, dark time, you are in my thoughts and Kirsten's inspiring spirit is in my heart.

10-24-2008 12:53 AM -- By: Anne Baker,  From: New Orleans  

To Kirsten's family and friends-
I don't know you all, but I feel horrible about your loss of a beautiful daughter, sister and friend. As a result of her death, I can see that it has created a loss to the entire world. Even though I never met her, I can see that we are sadly left with only a sample of her inspirational works and spirit.
Her completed works and ideas will remain and they will no doubt make the needed impact to inspire others to do what she seemed to do best - to make the world the place that she would want to live in; a better place for all of us. I regret that her spirit of sharing did not save her life that day.
I am so sorry that Kirsten's life was ended in my wonderful city. I regret that her awful murder will probably tarnish people's views of our people.
I heard of Kirsten's death from volunteers that visited my urban farm here in New Orleans soon after her life's end, which proved to me the importance and the impact that this beautiful girl made in the short time that she was in our city.
My prayers are for your family and the friends that she touched in her life to get through these tough days of grief healthfully.
She was an unique spirit, and we can learn from her example of how important it is for us each as individuals to purposefully and actively MAKE each day better, to live, to learn, and to share.


10-23-2008 10:27 PM -- By: Esperanza,  From: New York City  

May God help you through these painful days - Kirsten will always be with you

10-23-2008 9:28 PM -- By: JERI HOLDER,  From: MIDLAND TEXAS  

I am so sorry for your loss. She is a very beautiful young lady and looks like she had such a wonderful grace about her from the picture, be proud. I hope and pray for justice quickly!I wish you the peace and comfort you will need until things get better. I promise it will get better. My prayers are with your family. Respectfully, Jeri

10-23-2008 5:57 PM -- By: Anita Gaind,  From: Oakland, CA  

What a complete tragedy. I did not know Kirsten, but reading about her makes me wish that I did. This senseless act - so difficult to really take in and believe that it is real. How can we be living in such a violent society? I hope and believe that her memory living on, and people knowing and reading about Kirsten, makes a difference. My deepest condolences to those closest to her - she must have been your angel.

10-23-2008 11:06 AM -- By: Amy,  From: Austin  

Cousin, every time I think of you I am inspired to greater kindness and a life of impact on the world around me. You were a light in this world and are missed.

10-23-2008 10:51 AM -- By: Angie Gage,  From: Los Angeles...now Las Vegas  

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10-23-2008 10:40 AM -- By: Erin,  From: Washington  

My heart truly goes out to Kirsten's family and friends. I didn't know her, but was curious about her story. She shines so bright in her pictures and her passion is so visible in her journal entries. It is clear she was a beautiful person inside and out. You are in my thoughts.

10-22-2008 9:57 PM -- By: Liam,  From: SB  

I am inspired by the words and actions of Kirsten. I regret I never met her. While I am tremendously saddened to hear of this tragedy, I consider myself lucky to have heard about her life and her work. I'm so sorry for your loss.

10-22-2008 5:34 AM -- By: James ,  From: Los Angeles Former NCC Alumnus  

My thoughts are with you and your family at this time. As a NCC Alumnus there are only a rare few of us who know the experience of being a part of this school, and that to me makes us all family.

My prayers and blessings,

J.W.

10-21-2008 9:05 AM -- By: julie lecompte mcneil,  From: baton rouge,la  

I was so sorry to hear about this tragedy especially in my hometown. Eventhough I did not know Kirsten,my heart goes out to the families of this beautiful young woman.Your family is in our prayers.

 

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