I regret to inform the MERB community that two weeks ago, Gabriella from Eleganza (alias Maribel from XXXtase) died in a car crash in Montreal. She was a passenger and was thrown from the car on a highway, the male driver is currently in a hospital.
John can attest (begrudgingly) that I got to know Gabriella outside of the business, developing a strong, yet brief, platonic relationship with her. Those of you who saw her know that she could light up a room and she definitely reinvigorated many of us.
Her family is devastated: I have heard stories about the driver's cognitive impairment at the time of the crash, but I will save that for the courts. The last I heard is that she had not escorted in well over a month.
My condolences to her family, friends (some of whom I met), and my friends at Eleganza: John, Emely, etc. Gabriella had her own personal problems, but always put that aside when she entered her client's room. Many of you will remember her ice cube tricks, which I was the first one to experience. She was much more than a good lay to me, she was a very sweet, loving, and generous person that was always around when I needed her. In fact, she took me out for birthday, spending hundreds of dollars on dinner and drinks, and then actually got me an escort for my birthday. She was a very kind person who just got caught up in a dangerous lifestyle, precipitated by her start in strip clubs at the tender age of 16.
At the time of her death, she and I were not speaking. In fact, we had crossed paths on St Catherine a month earlier, but I chose to walk right past her. I now regret that...