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'A part of me has died': Family of murdered baby reads victim impact statements - CTV NewsThursday, December 14, 2017
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The mother of a six-week-old baby who was killed by a teen girl in Saskatoon last year says part of her died when her son did.
Nikosis Jace Cantre’s mother Alyssa Bird stood beside her cousin and cried when she got the cousin to read her victim impact statement Thursday in Saskatoon Provincial Court.
“A part of me has died. I’ve been robbed of my baby,” Bird wrote in the statement.Gasping for air
Bird said she was in the process of moving to Saskatoon when Nikosis was killed but didn’t complete the move after his funeral. Since his death she’d contemplated suicide but stayed strong for her other children, she wrote in the statement.
Bird said it’s still a nightmare when she recalls finding Nikosis in his play pen with scratches, bruising, swelling and blood coming from his ears.
“I knew something was wrong with him,” the victim impact statement read. “He was gasping for air.”
Nikosis was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead just before 7:30 a.m. on July 3,...
'Everyone deserves something': provincially-funded funerals on the rise - CBC.caThursday, December 14, 2017
Under a green tent at the Surrey Centre Cemetery, sit four empty chairs."We set up a full service just in case a relative or loved one comes by," said groundskeeper Daniel Sward.Last Wednesday morning, no one showed up for a burial. They rarely do in such cases.Sward begins to bury the ashes of Ricky G. McKersie. All he knows of the man is his name and that he was 60 when he died in March 2016."You take care. Rest peacefully, sir," he whispers, as he lowers the urn into the square-shaped hole at the cemetery grounds.Groundskeeper Daniel Sward says a few words in the absence of family and loved ones. (Tina Lovgreen/CBC)"I feel like everyone deserves something. Maybe a few words, that's the least I can do," said Sward.It makes me feel better, hopefully he sees that somewhere."McKersie's burial last week was one of 2,403 funerals the province paid for in 2016 because no one else could or would. Publicly-paid burials were once referred to as pauper's funerals.During the 2016-2017 fiscal year, B.C. spent more than $5 million on these burials, and the...
'From inside, strong': Family, friends attend funeral of Marrisa Shen - Vancouver SunThursday, December 14, 2017
Mourners at the funeral service for 13-year-old Marrisa Shen at Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver on Friday. Shen’s body was found in the early hours of July 19 in Burnaby’s Central Park, seven hours after leaving her Burnaby home. Police say her murder was a random act." src="data:image/jpg;base64,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...
'In heaven smiling down at us': Mi'kmaq Grand Chief Ben Sylliboy remembered - CBC.caThursday, December 14, 2017
As drummers beat their hand drums and sang on the steps of the church, bells pealed out from above under cloudy skies.The mourners were there to say "nmu'ltes" — the Mi'kmaq word for "see you again" — to a beloved, longtime leader."In our language, you don't have a word for goodbye," explained Jarvis Googoo. "So we say nmu'ltes."The funeral for Mi'kmaq Grand Chief Ben Sylliboy, of Waycobah First Nation in Cape Breton, took place Saturday afternoon at St. Kateri Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in We'koqma'q. He was buried in the parish cemetery following the service.Mourners gather at St. Kateri Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in We'koqma'q for the funeral of Grand Chief Ben Sylliboy. (Norma Jean MacPhee/CBC)Sylliboy died on Nov. 30 at the age of 76.?Sylliboy died peacefully of natural causes at Cape Breton Regional Hospital surrounded by friends and family, including his wife, Marie, and two daughters. He had been in hospital shortly before his death to...
'I feel numb': Marrisa Shen's brother speaks about her death - CBC.caThursday, December 14, 2017
When Marrisa Shen left her Burnaby, B.C., home on July 18, it was nothing out of the ordinary.According to her family, on sunny days the 13-year-old liked to go for walks in Burnaby's Central Park and listen to music."She was one of those people who has earphones in, loud music while she's walking," said her older brother, who asked not to be named as the investigation into Marrisa's death continues."Usually, we don't think much of it because she does go out around five or six [p.m.] and then she comes back every time around seven or eight-ish.""This time, she didn't come back."Dozens of people attended Marrisa's funeral on Friday. (Cliff Shim/CBC)'I feel numb'Marrisa's family reported her missing that night. Hours later, the RCMP found her body in the park. Police have released few details about her death since, including whether she was killed in the park, but the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team considers her death to have been from a random attack."I feel numb. Even after seeing her, I still...