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