Hundreds hold vigil for woman found dead

Posted Nov. 26, 2010, at 10:45 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — Hundreds gathered Friday evening to tell stories of their friend Katrina Windred, who was found dead last week. People hugged each other and cried after the vigil at the First Universalist Church.

How Windred died is still a mystery, but her body was found on the side of the road on Tuesday.

“I think everyone would like understanding and closure,” the Rev. Mark Glovin said after the ceremony. “But knowing the facts won’t make it feel better.”

Glovin said Windred’s death has changed the feeling in town.

“You just feel it’s a safe community. We fool ourselves in thinking we live in this other world,” he said. “But the real world is here.”

Laurie Batz attended the vigil for Windred. She and Windred were good friends — “we were sisters,” she said — who both enjoyed communicating with animals. Batz said she would like to know what happened to Windred.

“I want to have answers,” Batz said. “No matter what, she would want us to forgive.”

Now Batz reflects on the time they spent together.

“The last conversation I had with her was around [Nov. 9]. We always said ‘I love you,’ but when she said it you felt it,” Batz said. “I know she is watching over [her son] and is with us, but there is also that she won’t be with us physically. I want to hear her say, ‘I love you.’”

Windred’s friend Michelle DeMarchi called the woman an inspiration. According to people who knew her, Windred had struggled with cancer.

“We’re all at a loss,” DeMarchi said. “She was a cancer survivor and she really inspired me. She had her personal bouts with cancer and she was such a wonderful person. So spiritual and so forgiving, such a wonderful person and we’re at such a loss without her.”

DeMarchi and Windred both loved horses and both have 9-year-old sons.

“She would do anything for anybody,” DeMarchi said of Windred in a phone interview Wednesday. “She was so into her son and his best interests; she was 115 pounds of power.”

According to Glovin, the church is planning a memorial service for Windred which is tentatively scheduled for Dec. 11.

“She was an angel. She was an angel on Earth and she is an angel now,” Batz said.

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