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Thursday, September 21, 2000

Isle woman remembered at U.N.

Star-Bulletin staff
A group of Maui residents participated in a lei-giving ceremony at the United Nations to memorialize the deaths of Big Island resident Lahe’ena’e Gay and two other Americans murdered in Colombia.

The group participated in the Millennium Peace Day observance Tuesday at the U.N. headquarters in New York.

Melinda Gohn of Maui presented a lei to U.N. General Assembly President Harri Holkeri, and Gay’s husband, John Livingstone, gave a lei to Colombian first lad Nohora Pastrana, according to information from the group.

Copies of a scroll of poetry created in a Maui-based International Peace Poem Project were presented to the officials.

Gay and two others on a cultural education mission of Colombia were abducted on Feb 25th, 1999, and found shot to death a week later.

Thomas Freitas of California and Ingrid Washinawatok of Wisconsin were also killed.

Washinawatok’s son, Maehkiw El-Issa, a member of the Menominee Indian tribe, also presented a lei and poem to Pastrana at the ceremony.


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