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Cameron Village raising money after Pier 1 domestic shooting

Posted September 13, 2012
Updated September 14, 2012

— Cameron Village shopping center plans to raise awareness of domestic violence this weekend after Raleigh police say an employee at Pier 1 Imports was killed this week by her ex-husband.

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Employees, associates and customers will raise money and wear purple on Saturday and Sunday in memory of Kathleen Ann Bertrand – who was shot several times as she reported to work Monday morning – and other victims of domestic violence.

Investigators say that her ex-husband, Christopher Bertrand, was responsible for the crime. He committed suicide hours later.

"We feel this loss as a community," Smedes York, chairman of York Properties Inc., which manages Cameron Village, said in a statement Thursday. said in a statement Thursday. "Everyone in the Village may not have personally known this young woman, but her death has affected all of us. It's an appropriate memorial to bring domestic violence into the forefront this weekend in her memory."

Cameron Village is trying to raise $10,000 within the next month for the Kathleen Ann Bertrand Family Memorial Fund to go to the Bertrands' three children – ages 13, 11 and 7 – "as they pick up the pieces of their lives."
Several businesses will also donate a percentage of their sales to a memorial fund in Bertrand's honor.

Court documents indicate that Kathleen Bertrand had sought out a domestic violence protective order in the past because her husband harassed her to the point that she and her three children went into hiding.

Kathleen Bertrand's death marked the fifth domestic-violence homicide in Wake County since May.

Statewide, according to the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence, there have been 45 such cases, including hers, this year.


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  • soyousay Sep 14, 2012

    Praying for the three children left behind and all of her family and friends.

    how about giving money, too

  • soyousay Sep 14, 2012

    How is raising money to raise awareness of domestic violence going to helpe these kids left behind"..

    try reading the article

  • BoyInBlue Sep 14, 2012


    As much as I would agree with your statement, this sad horrible tradgedy more then likely would have ended the same way even if Miss.Bertrand was armed. It appears that she was ambushed by her coward husband and would not have had time to react to his attack. That being said if one amazing citizen that had their CCW and stepped up to the plate to protect this women's life is different. I agree with Donnameema when she states that the laws need to be stronger! As a member of law enforcement our hands are tied in many of these situations and I wish there was more we could do, but we are bound by the laws, on what actions we can take. I do hope that if you are a CCW and own a gun SmokeWagon that you would show your inner sheepdog and stand up to the wolf.

  • raleigh292 Sep 14, 2012

    It is so sad. And other than locking up the threat there's not too much that can be done. Our legal system is based on respect for the law as the cops cannot be everywhere at all times. In the end, there is only yourself that you can depend on.

  • RaleighConservative Sep 14, 2012

    The York's could write a check for $10,000 and not miss any meals.

  • SmokeWagon Sep 14, 2012

    ..."I myself was a victim of this crime. And if we had tougher laws it would not lead to death!..."

    We already HAVE "tough" laws....as a legal citizen of the US YOU are provided the rights to protect yourself from harm and danger....buy a weapon, get the proper training, practice and be aware of your surroundings...rather than letting the police handle YOUR safety when they get around to it....!!!!!!!! These punks that want to hurt women are just that, punks and wusses...and ONLY afraid of deadly force and deadly force only....!!!!!

  • SmokeWagon Sep 14, 2012

    How is raising money to raise awareness of domestic violence going to helpe these kids left behind...??? Helping the kids should be the "awareness" campaign...not raising awareness of domestic violence...my goodness...we are arlrady "aware" the liberal justice system, judges and money grubbing lawyers and their silly little "restraining orders" ARE the problem...!!!!

  • donnameema Sep 14, 2012

    I myself was a victim of this crime. And if we had tougher laws it would not lead to death! I am very sorry for the kids now they have to grow up with this! and they will never get over this. Why cant the other person just leave them alone.

  • shortcake53 Sep 14, 2012

    I wish I could hug these children, my heart goes out to them.

  • Juststatingthefacts Sep 14, 2012

    So sorry for the children and family's loss. Does the court not see that a protective order is nothing but a piece of paper; if the offender wants to do harm they will!