Marlene Bird, the Brave Residential School Survivor who Lost Her Legs and Vision After a Brutal Attack, Has Died at 50
Marlene Bird has died in hospital in Prince Albert, Sask., her family confirms.
Bird's name became known nationally in June 2014 following a vicious assault in a Prince Albert mall parking lot. She had been badly beaten and set on fire. She was partially blinded, and both her legs had to be amputated as a result of her injuries.
Leslie Black, 31, was sentenced in September to 16 years in prison for the attack. He pleaded guilty to attempted murder in April..
A member of Montreal Lake Cree Nation and a residential school survivor, Bird was described as a good-natured and caring person by her family.
She had struggled with alcohol abuse and had been living a transient lifestyle when the attack took place. She was treated in the burn unit of the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton before moving to a Saskatoon hospital.