Hundreds attend vigil for Christine Wood in Winnipeg Wednesday
WINNIPEG — Friends, family and community groups came together Wednesday to honour the life of Christine Wood, a Manitoba woman who police said was killed last summer.
On Aug. 19, Wood, 21, went missing after a visit to Winnipeg with her family from Oxford House First Nation. She never came back to her hotel after going out that evening.
On Monday police said Wood was killed in a home on Burrows Avenue, within hours of her disappearance. Officers arrested and charged Brett Overby, 30, with second-degree murder on April 7. Wood’s body has still not been found.
WATCH: Christine Wood, 21, went missing Aug. 19, 2016 when she was left a hotel on Berry Street where she was staying with her family. On April 7, police arrested Brett Overby, 30, second-degree murder in connection to Wood’s disappearance
A community vigil was held for Wood’s Wednesday at St. Mary’s Parish on 365 Burrows Avenue at 4 p.m., near the location where Wood’s was killed. The service was put on by Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO), the Canadian Centre for Child Protection and the Bear Clan Patrol.
“I can’t really explain how it feels to lose a child like that, a daughter, your only daughter, your baby,” George Wood, Christine’s father said. “I just hope whoever this person is, and I’m not going to waste my words labeling him, I just hope he does the right thing to say where he put her body.”
The group then walked to Thunderbird House on 715 Main Street and gathered there to continue the vigil.
“My heart is broken because of what happened to this yougn woman,” Mary Lathlin, Christine’s great-aunt said. “I kept thinking about her after she went missing, I keep seeing her in my mind the way I saw her that last night.”
MKO also started a GoFundMe page for Wood’s family, to help cover the costs of the vigil.
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