A Celebration of Life was held in Dartmouth on Wednesday afternoon for Ashley Kearse MacLean.
A live stream of the service was made available for those who were unable to attend in person.
MacLean, 22, was paralyzed in a shooting in Cole Harbour, N.S. nearly four years ago She passed away suddenly at the QE2 Hospital in Halifax surrounded by her family on June 2.
MacLean grew up in Cole Harbour and graduated from Cole Harbour High School. She was one of three people who was shot in a home in the same community on Nov. 30, 2014.
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MacLean was outspoken about both violence and bullying. She often spoke to the media following the tragic shooting.
A portion of the young woman’s obituary reads: “Her life was unfairly cut short, but she made a an impact on this world and has left a permanent mark on many peoples hearts.”
Markel Jason Downey, 22, was facing 28 charges in connection with the Cole Harbour shooting, including three counts of attempted murder.
He was acquitted on all charges in February 2017, however the Crown successfully appealed the acquittal.
In May, Downey was taken into custody after a warrant was issued for his arrest. He remains behind bars at this time and a new trial has been ordered.
-With files from Alexander Quon
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