Drumming and candlelight stuffed the darkness as family and friends gathered on Thursday evening to honour the lifetime of 13-year-old Sierra Chalifoux-Thompson.
With the wailing melody of conventional drummers to accompany them, the gang marched via the streets of central Edmonton, retracing her remaining steps.
“I am fairly certain my niece might be smiling down and happy with all the pieces we now have performed for her right this moment,” her aunt, Fran Chalifoux, informed the gang, her voice breaking.
“And that she is aware of that she cherished, that she was cherished ever since she was born and that we’re positively going to overlook her a lot.”
Greater than 100 individuals gathered to wish and maintain a second of silence within the place the place Chalifoux-Thompson was fatally injured.
“This vigil, it is for everybody one to return collectively and assist our household mourn within the tragedy of shedding her, of shedding somebody so younger to one thing so violent,” Chalifoux mentioned.
“An individual with a coronary heart like hers did not deserve this violence.”
Chalifoux-Thompson died on Friday after police had been known as to an assault within the space of 75th Avenue and Mount Garden Street within the Eastwood neighbourhood.
Officers arrived round 11 p.m. and located the lady affected by critical accidents. She later died in hospital.
Three days later, a youth was charged with second-degree homicide in her dying. The accused can’t be named underneath the Youth Legal Justice Act.
On Thursday evening, the anguish of the mourners was nonetheless uncooked, her dying incomprehensible to those that knew her.
“Once I first heard it, I could not consider it,” Chalifoux mentioned. “I mentioned no, it must be fallacious. It was simply devastating, I could not consider it. I did not wish to and I nonetheless do not wish to.”
She urged different witnesses to return ahead.
“To the folks that had been with my niece that evening, I want the remainder of them would come ahead. We nonetheless need justice.”
An post-mortem was accomplished Thursday. The household needs to deliver her house to Excessive Prairie.
It has been laborious to elucidate the tragedy to the youngest members of their giant, tight-knit household. Her youngest siblings have been informed merely that she has gone to heaven.
Chalifoux mentioned it is laborious to reconcile the violence of her niece’s dying with the candy lady she knew.
Chalifoux-Thompson — who typically glided by her nicknames Brownie and Cece — cherished music, drawing, watching anime, skateboarding or driving round on her BMX.
She had simply began Grade eight at Cardinal Leger Junior Excessive College and just lately took up singing.
The as soon as shy little one was turning into a powerful and daring younger lady.
“She simply turned 13 however she was beginning to get into various things and are available out of the nest a bit,” Chalifoux mentioned.
“She was vibrant, she cherished to snort. There are usually not sufficient phrases to explain her.”