ĎThis thing never endsí

Maple Ridge Ė Pitt Meadow News

By Monisha Martins
Staff Reporter

Feb 01 2006

Val Hughes doesnít care to join other families as they gather to watch the first stage of the Robert Pickton trial unfold.

"I donít need to hear that stuff," said the former Maple Ridge resident, who has ignored the headlines and new reports since the pre-trial hearing began on Monday.
Hughesí sister, Kerry Koski, a mother of three, vanished from Vancouverís downtown eastside in January 1998.

In 2004, the Joint Missing Womenís Task Force confirmed that Koskiís DNA had been discovered on Picktonís Port Coquitlam pig farm.

Hughes fell silent on hearing that the accused serial killer had entered a not guilty plea to 26 charges of first-degree murder, including her sisterís.

"This thing never ends," Hughes whispered from under a sob.

"We ignored this thing. It has been a fight from the very beginning, with the police and now this."

During the extensive search at the Pickton property, Hughes took on a leadership role - maintaining a healing tent set up at the entrance of the farm for family members of the missing women.

She also started the Missing Womenís Legacy Society, an organization that honours the missing through public education and helps drug-addicted women.

Her sisterís smile beams out of a black ground on
As the trial date drew near, the discussion board (accessed through saw a flurry of activity.

Families continue to post messages on the site for their missing daughters, mothers and sisters.

"Weíve had to slow it down a bit," Hughes said of the society.
Right now, she finds solace in quilting.

The legacy society gave 15 quilts to women in 2005 and continues to create more this year.

"We give the quilts to women who are recovering from addiction," Hughes explained.
"It is a wonderful thing when women get together and quilt. Itís something beautiful to give them to remind them about their victory and recovery."

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