August 19, 2014 10:59 pm

Winnipeg vigil for girl, ‘homeless hero’ draws more than 1,000

WINNIPEG — More than 1,000 people gathered at the Alexander Docks Tuesday night in Winnipeg to mourn the loss of Tina Fontaine and Faron Hall.

The bodies of the two were pulled from the Red River Sunday.

The death of Fontaine, 15, is being treated as a homicide.

READ MORE: Missing teen murdered, dumped in river: police

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Hall was a homeless man remembered for saving a pair of people from drowning in the river in separate incidents in 2009.

READ MORE: Winnipeg’s ‘homeless hero’ battled demons until death

A massive group met around 7 p.m. for a vigil and the number grew over the course of the evening.

“It’s sad this is what has to happen for us to come together,” said one woman in attendance.

The event was meant to provide a place for people to mourn but also renew calls for an inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal woman in Canada.

READ MORE: Girl’s death prompts renewed calls for inquiry into missing, murdered women

“We have to start somewhere and hopefully these people won’t have died in vain,” said one mourner Tuesday. “Hopefully we can start a conversation. That’s what I hope for.”

The group marched from the docks to The Forks to a newly erected memorial honouring missing and murdered aboriginal women. The evening ended with a candlelight vigil there.

Over 1,000 people gathered at the Alexander Docks on Tuesday to mourn Tina Fontaine and Faron Hall.

Chris Stanton/Global News

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