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WINNIPEG — Family members of Tina Fontaine had hoped the marking of the one-year-anniversary of the day the 15-year-old’s body was found would help bring closure, but as the tears flowed at the slain teens graveside, her great-aunt Thelma Favel said what they really need is for police to find Fontaine’s killer.
Favel was one of several dozen family and community members who gathered at her graveside on the Sagkeeng First Nation Monday, where a headstone was officially unveiled.
PHOTO GALLERY: Tina Fontaine’s headstone unveiled:
It says “Tina Fontaine, beloved daughter, granddaughter, sister, niece, cousin and friend.”
The 15-year-old’s body was pulled from the Red River on August 17th, 2014. Police say she was murdered but her killer still has not been caught.
She is buried with her father who was also killed in 2011. Engraved on the stone are two hands.
WATCH: Headstone unveiled Monday afternoon:
“It was a closure that I was looking for but I still don’t feel,” Favel said. “The only closure I will ever have is when they find out who did this to her and why they did this to a small little girl.”
Fontaine’s family had wanted to purchased a headstone last year but when it became public they were struggling to find the thousands of dollars required, Eternal Grace Funerals called and offered to design one for free.
Director Nick Knsyh said they felt they had to do something to help, “Tina to us…she could be my daughter.”
A crowd gathered at a vigil for Fontaine Monday evening at the Alexander Docks on the shores of the Red River.