Friends of Kaitlynn Arsenault are remembering her as a kind, caring, loving, compassionate, down to earth, beautiful girl.
“She was always happy, she always made everyone else happy,” said Payton Gavin, who has known Ms Arsenault since Grade 8. “She never liked to see anyone upset or cry. She always wanted her friends to be happy, and she put them before herself.”
The 17-year-old was killed in the early morning hours of June 30, after falling out of a truck. Members of the Prince District RCMP, along with the Miminegash Fire Department and Island EMS responded to the call.
Ms Gavin said Ms Arsenault always had the best advice, and helped those around her get through their problems before working on her own.
Another friend, Keaunna Ramsay, said the description of being tough as nails, but with a heart of gold, was very fitting for Ms Arsenault.
“She was honestly one of the nicest people you would ever meet,” she said. “She would do anything for you. If someone was bad to you, she would be the first person to help you out.”
RCMP believe the truck was still in motion when she fell out. The male driver was not impaired, according to police, and no charges have been laid.
RCMP say the incident occurred shortly after midnight on Palmer Road. Ms Arsenault was found unresponsive on the side of the road. She died at the scene.
Ms Gavin says her friend often made her day better with simple gestures such as text message.
“Just getting them from her, telling me how much she loved me, or just ‘Have a good day,’ or ‘It’s going to be a good day Payton,’ just little things like that,” she said. “If I posted a picture she would text me saying ‘You’re so cute, I love you’. If I’d make food, she would text me ‘I wish I could marry you’. She was that kind of person.”
An autopsy has been completed in Charlottetown. RCMP have not yet released the cause of death. An investigation is ongoing.
Ms Gavin concluded by saying although Ms Arsenault is gone, she knows her friend is looking over everyone now.
“She’s always going to be held close to our hearts, and she’s never going to be forgotten.”
Ms Arsenault is the daughter of Gwen Arsenault and Stephen Pitre, and sister of Jorja Ferrish, Ashley Gilbert and Chelsea Gilbert. She is resting at the West Prince Funeral Home in Palmer Road. Visiting hours are July 3 from 5 pm to 9 pm. Her funeral will be held on July 4, 2019 at Immaculate Conception Church in Palmer Road, with funeral mass at 4 PM.
Memorial donations to the PEI Humane Society would be greatly appreciated.