Verena Koenig moved to Wythorse in 2009 when her friend met her Valé rie Thé orêt – the happiest person, who later recalled Koenig, who had ever met. It did not take long for them to become firm: playing guitar, going to the basins, collecting and rowing, and embarking on all the other adventures in nature.
Koenig was new in the city of Yukon, and every friend she made in the early days in the city – people, in some cases, whom she now considers her family – she met through Valeria.
"She was full of love," Koenig said. "Even when they fought and things that happened and obstacles, she would always be so positive – and she would always be there if she needed her."
Thé orêt, 37, and her 10-month-old daughter, Adele Roesholt, died when her grizzly bear attacked outside remote huts deep in the wild Yukon. They lived in the cabin near Lake Einarson, near the Yukon border with northwestern territories, in the last three months with Thé ortho partner and Adele's father Germund Roesholt, who found their body when he returned home on Monday afternoon to check out a family trap.
She would always be so positive
Before his terrible discovery, Roesholt encountered a bear about 100 meters from the cabin. The animal began to charge for him and shot him in the bears, a southwestern doctor confirmed. A moment later, he found the bodies of his wife and daughters lying outside the cabin door.
Thé ort and Adele were probably walking around between 10:00 am and Roesholt's return from the trap in 3 hours, said coroner Heather Jones in a statement.
Since the coroner's office and the RCMP were investigating death, people who knew Thé ort remembered it as an ungassed friend, an eager exterminator and a dedicated public school teacher.
Thé orêt, who was from Quebec, spent her maternity leave from her work in which she taught French immeasure for students of the 6th grade in Whitehorse Elementary School, reports CBC. The Yukon Department of Education said in a statement that she was a "respected teacher", adding that she provided support services to staff and students across the country.
"Our sincere sympathy with her family and friends, with staff and students who were grieving," said the department. "This tragedy strives for our hearts as a community. In these times, we will gather in honor of her memory and mutual support."
Remy Beaupre, a friend of Thé orth, told the CBC that Thé orêt and Roesholt bought their trap at Einarson Lake a few years ago and were able to visit the Adele area over a longer period during Thé ort's absence.
"Now it was a chance for everyone to go as a family," said Beaupre.
Brian Melanson, a trapper who owns a cabin elsewhere in the Einarson Lake area, told the CBC that Thé Orchet and Adele's deaths would be destroyed by people in the community to capture Yukon.
"It will strike everyone," said Melanson. "You know, we go there, we all, we take our wives and our children, and we live there."
The expert in Montana told the Canadian press that the fatal attacks of grizzly bears were unusual.
"It's a very sad state of affairs – something nobody likes to see" – and that's why it's important to figure out what's going on here, "said Chris Servin, former US Fish Recovery Recovery Coordinator and Wildlife Service animals.
"It would be worth trying to figure out why this happened, if this can be determined by careful re-creation of the event."
Verena Koenig, meanwhile, no longer lives in Whitehorse, but she planned to travel there on Thursday to lament her friend. When she thinks about Thé orêt, she said, she will remember above all the spark, her love for nature and her beautiful blue eyes.
"When you think about it, it's like a great nightmare, and you never wake up. I really do not know how we will all go through this," Koenig said. "We just have to remember that such a nice human being, and Adele was an incredible girl."