She was found in a shallow grave under a pile of debris (logs) near her home April 27, 2004.
More info and background on this case in blogs here. Not enough in the news on the case and conviction of Osmond who has been granted a retrial after he ADMITTED to murdering Kayla John. A decision in his "retrial" by Judge alone in Nanaimo, B.C., Canada is expected on December 11, 2009 according to:
By Debora Steel
—Colleen John and her
extended family are caught between two
worlds: A cultural one in which the elders
have told them to dry their tears and
put down the heavy burden of grief, and
a world in which the justice system does
not allow them any peace.
Colleen, the mother of the slain Kayla
John of Ehattesaht, was forced back to
court in September to relive the horrible
tragedy of her 13-year-old daughter’s
On Oct 5, surrounded by family and
supporters from the Nuu-chah-nulth
community, Colleen sat outside the
room in which a judge was hearing closing
arguments in the first-degree murder
and sexual assault trial of George
Colleen wept openly, overwhelmed by
sadness and sleeplessness and misplaced
guilt. “I can’t think,” she told Ha-Shilth-
Sa. “My whole body hurts.”
Thinking that the sad chapter had been
closed back in 2005, when Osmond had
been found guilty of the crime and sentenced
to life without parole for 25
years, Kayla’s family planned for the
traditional ceremony that would officially
set aside their pain. A potlatch was
held in April 2008 to dry the family’s
tears. They even talked about forgiveness,
not willing to allow bitterness to
enter their hearts.
But then the John family learned that
the BC Court of Appeal had granted
Osmond a second trial, which began
Sept. 23. A recent unanimous decision
by the court said the man had been
denied his right to consult a lawyer
when interrogated during the police
investigation in May of 2005, more than
one year after Kayla’s death.
The court said the standard two- to
four-minute call allowed to Osmond by
police was insufficient, and “put against
a skilled interrogator lawfully entitled to
persuade him to ignore the lawyer’s
advice,” wrote Justice Ian Donald for
the Court of Appeal. “[Osmond] was
Natalie Jack of Kyuquot was among
those lending their support to the John
family. She gave a rose to each person
who attended court Oct. 5, just as she
had during the first trial.
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Family and friends gather at court to show support
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“Roses are beautiful,” she said, and
they signified how beautiful Kayla was.
Jack said Kayla used to visit Kyuquot
with Velina Vincent (a grandmother in
Quu%us way) and remembered Kayla
as a carefree young girl.
Pink and blue lapel ribbons were also
distributed, made by Kayla’s cousin who
has waged a small campaign against violence
in the first nation community at
Zeballos. Pink and blue were Kayla’s
Kayla was a unique youngster, said
Vincent. She was “totally against” drinking
and drugs and went to her faith to
find answers to any problems in life. Her
friend Sara said Kayla attended
Esperanza Christian Camp and was a
youth councilor in training. Even though
they said Kayla was too young for the
training, Sara convinced organizers that
Kayla was ready. At a family treatment
centre, Kayla gave her life to the Lord,
Sara said. A youth centre at Ehattes has
since been named in Kayla’s memory.
Kayla’s dreams included building a
healthy community, where rifts between
community members could be mended,
Vincent said, who describes Kayla as a
good role model who befriended the little
ones in the community. When he was
only three, Vincent’s son would call
Though just in Grade 7, Kayla also
dreamed of the day she would graduate
high school, and had even picked out her
graduation dress. She wanted to wear
pink. The family bought the dress for
Kayla to wear for her journey to sit at
the Creator’s feet.
Kayla’s father Simon wants his daughter
to remembered for the way she was
in the community, how she dealt with
life, her prayers and her words.
I pray. We all pray because we need
help and we just want to say “Hi”. You
can tell God anything you want to tell
him and he will try to solve your problems
and show you the good path, not the
bad. One day you will become a
Christian and you will be saying, I wish I
became one a long time ago, but I am
happy. I believe in him and trust in him
to solve all of my problems, she wrote.
Simon asked that Kayla’s memory not
be put aside.
Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council
President Cliff Atleo sat in the courthouse
gallery, which was filled with
other supporters. Atleo said he attended
in response to a plea made by Kayla’s
grandfather, Kelly John, at the tribal
council annual general assembly held
Sept. 29 and Sept. 30.
“We wanted to be here to just be with
the family…they are Nuu-chah-nulth
people… In our ways, when someone
asks you, you pay attention to that, especially
when they ask you in person. There
wasn’t any doubt that I would come here
this morning,” he said.
When asked if the large show of Nuuchah-
nulth support would have an impact
on the court, Atleo said, “If we make an
impression, I’m glad. I think we’re there
to support the judge to make the right
decision. I hope that it makes a positive
impression on the judge…. He’s bound
by a system.” A decision in the case is
expected Dec. 11.
Atleo said it was gratifying to him to
see that Kayla had not been forgotten.
Newly-elected tribal council Vice-
President Priscilla Sabbas was also in
“This is a really tragic event that happened
to one of our young people and
[the family needs] to know that we stand
behind them, yet again.”
Former vice-president Dr. Michelle
Corfield said in her final report at the
AGM that there is a lot of work to be
done in the protection of young people
in the Nuu-chah-nulth communities.
Sabbas said it’s important that everyone
be aware about the effort in this area
that is required.
“Our children are precious and we
need to watch over them. Our women
are important and they have a lot to offer
our community,” Sabbas said. “And it’s
about not just intervening, but it’s about
the prevention of it too. It’s about educating
people about how to prevent
things like this from happening ever
No one can know the depths of
despair of a mother who has lost her
child in such a brutal way. But Colleen
is grateful to the community that has rallied
“I love that support.
“People were there for us through the
whole trial… It brought peace to my
heart and happiness that they were there
Colleen too said she wanted everyone
to “remember the kind of girl Kayla
was. How she still is in our hearts.”
Kayla Nicole Shyanne John, born Jan.
18, 1991 to Simon John and Colleen
John of Ehattis. Sister to Troy, Ashley,
Shaylene and Caleb.
(Family picture at link holding little Kayla John’s picture)
Photo captian reads:
On April 12 and 13, 2008, the Simon and Colleen John families celebrated the
life of daughter Kayla in Campbell River. In 2004, Kayla’s life was taken in a
horrific crime that rocked the small community of Zeballos. The families were
back in court in September and early October for a second trial to determine the
fate of the man accused in her death.
We applaud the efforts of The Ha-Shilth-Sa Newspaper and Debora Steel for reporting in this case. (Canada’s Oldest First Nation’s Newspaper since 1974.
We thank The Nuu-chah-nulth First Nation, Canada for contributing updated information as the mainstream media has ignored this case for the most part and those of us who have an interest in Justice for Kayla John, 13 MURDERED, have not been kept apprised of the new trial of George Roswell Osmond.
Let us pray that this killer’s DNA, found on his victim, Kayla John, will be enough? to convict George Roswell Osmond of Zeballos, British Columbia, Canada and sentence him to LIFE without parole (25 years in Canada, if you can believe that!)
Visit the Nuu-chah-nulth website at:
for more on their language and culture.
We particularly wish to thank all those who attended the new trial court hearings Sept. 23, 2009 thru October 5, 2009, especially leaders of the Nu-chah-nulth
First Nation Leaders:
Assembly of First
Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo
Natalie Jack of Kyuquot (a rose back to you!)
and all of the family and supporters of the John Family as they endure this horrible retrial for George Osmond and seek JUSTICE for their murdered loved one,
Kayla Nicole Shyanne John, born Jan.
In Memory of Kayla John member of Ehattesaht First Nation, Zabellos, British Columbia, Canada
A December 11, 2009 "decision is ecpected in the case".
Justice for Kayla John,
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