Brandon Hunter knows he’ll be attending a Thursday night vigil to mark the 24th birthday of Emily Bailey, a Hamilton woman who has been missing since New Year’s Day, and the mother of his 2-year-old daughter.
What he doesn’t know yet is what he’s going to say when his turn comes to share memories.
“Probably just some of the funnier stories that I have of Emily, the good memories,” said Hunter, who is planning to take their daughter to the Gage Park event. “Obviously the story about how we met at [Happy Hourz] bar; some of her little ad-libs she used to say all the time.
“It’s going to be a game-time decision.”
He says his daughter doesn’t yet know much about the event but it’s important to him to take her.
He also says celebrating Bailey’s birthday without her will be extremely hard for everyone attending, considering she has been gone for nearly a year, with no word on what happened to her.
Bailey, a mother of two girls, ages 2 and 4, was last seen at the Weir Street North home where she was staying with her boyfriend, in Hamilton’s east end. She grew up on the Hamilton Mountain in a family of five children.
Her sister Brittney Bergie, one of the organizers of the birthday vigil, said on Facebook that the event will start at 6 p.m., encouraging attendees to meet between the stage and the greenhouse.
“We will be having a candle lighting and everyone will get a chance to talk about favourite memories with Emily,” she wrote, noting candles would be provided. “Please dress warm.”