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Candlelight walk marks first anniversary of Taylor Van Diest slaying

10/31/2012 07:55 EDT | Updated 12/31/2012 05:12 EST
ARMSTRONG, B.C. - A candlelight walk will be held tonight in the North Okanagan community of Armstrong, B.C., marking the first anniversary of the death of Taylor Van Diest.

The teenager was brutally beaten and left for dead last Halloween night while walking to meet friends.

Armstrong Mayor Chris Peiper says the community is still grieving the loss of the 18-year-old, who died just hours after the attack.

He says the arrest of a suspect in April started the healing process, but he notes the community is much more cautious since the slaying.

Twenty-six-year-old Matthew Foerster is in custody awaiting a first degree murder trial in Kelowna.

His father, Stephen Foerster, of Cherryville, 75 kilometres southeast of Armstrong, is charged with obstruction and being an accessory to murder. (CKIZ)