Memorial held for hang-glider victim 0
A cherry tree was planted in memory of Lenami Godinez-Avila, who died after falling from a hang-glider last week. (CTV SCREEN GRAB)
Dozens of mourners gathered in the remote scrub country where a female hang glider died to plant her favourite tree Saturday, as the pilot charged with obstructing justice in her death was poised to be released on bail.
Saturday's memorial was held for Lenami Godinez-Avila, 27, who plunged to her death last week during a tandem hang glising flight with instructor William Jonathan Orders.
Some 40 pilots made the trip to pay their respects to the Simon Fraser University graduate.
"Her favourite tree is the cherry tree and we planted a beautiful cherry tree in the spot where she fell," said Margit Nance, executive director of the Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association of Canada.
"It doesn't bring her back but her memory will always be with us."
Meanwhile, Orders is expected to be released from custody this week after he was granted bail Friday. He was charged after he "willfully" swallowed a memory card suspected to contain "potential key evidence," according to a court document.
RCMP Const. Tracy Wolbeck said Friday the card has been recovered.
"We have processes in place in order to try and extract what's on the card," she told reporters.
"The RCMP priority at this time now is exclusively on answering the questions that we all have, particularly that of the family. They've come to Canada in search of answers, and to provide some clarity regarding the death of their daughter."
Lenami Godinez-Avila had just taken off in tandem with Orders on April 28, when in less than 30 seconds, she fell from about 300 metres into a logged-out area on Mount Woodside.
A memorial fund at SFU has also been set up to "carry on Lenami's legacy of philanthropy and volunteerism."
The economics and Latin American studies student graduated in 2006 and had wanted to establish a similar fund to help other international students attend university, according to the memorial website dedicated to her death.
"With enough public support, this fund will become an endowed fund and can provide annual scholarships for many years to come," the website reads.
Those who wish to donate are asked to visit rememberinglena.com.