December 26, 2013

Maine woman still fighting back after vicious attack

Kayleigh Ballantyne of Gorham talks about her ordeal in South Boston and her recovery in the months since.

By Steve Solloway ssolloway@pressherald.com
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Kayleigh Ballantyne, of Gorham, plays field hockey for Bryant College at a game with UMaine in Orono on Oct. 6, a few months after she was stabbed by an assailant outside her South Boston apartment. “He tried to take my life,” she says.

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Kayleigh Ballantyne with her mother, Kim, after a field hockey game with UMaine in Orono on Oct. 6.

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“I was told I didn’t have to be there,” said Kayleigh, who had not seen Alemany since the assault. “Everyone said it was OK if I didn’t go. I had to go. I saw (Alemany) in handcuffs and the guards around him. I needed to see that.”

She sobbed, and a Boston detective working the case came to her side and asked if he could help her from the courtroom. No, said Kayleigh. “I’m just crying. I’m fine.”

Kim had her own emotions. “It was horrific to see the person who did this. It was a tough day but a good day,” she said. “I thought it was empowering for Kayleigh.”

Their hearts went out to Lord’s family. They think about Amy’s parents often, and their grief.

Bruce and Kendrick did not make the trip. “I have a temper,” Bruce said simply. “And Kendrick is a lot like me.”

His mind was with his daughter.

“She has shared with us the deep and dark side of what fear really is and what it’s like to experience,” he said. “At the same time, she’s shown us how one’s strength, courage and willingness to live another day can overcome that fear.”

That’s Kayleigh Ballantyne’s gift to us.

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Kayleigh Ballantyne, right, of Gorham, hugs her father, Bruce, during the Opening Convocation at Bryant University in Rhode Island on Sept. 4. Kayleigh received the university’s Character Award for her courage in confronting her assailant.

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Edwin Alemany, 28, appears in court on Aug. 14. Besides facing charges in the attack on Kayleigh Ballantyne, he is a suspect in the fatal stabbing of Amy Lord of Wilbraham, Mass., and other assaults.

 


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