About 200 people attended a vigil in memory of murder victim Emilie Maheu in Alexandria Wednesday night.
"Do not let her death define her life," urged Natalie St-Denis, one of the organizers of the ceremony.
While mourning the loss of the young mother, speakers also implored the crowd to remember the many other victims of domestic violence.
Every six days in Canada, a woman is killed by a partner or former partner, noted Dr. Suzanne Filion, who helped stage the moving gathering at the Grotto.
A candlelight vigil will be held in memory of Émilie Maheu October 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Grotto in Alexandria.
“Your presence is what's most important,” says Dr. Suzanne Filion, who is organizing the event with Natalie St-Denis.
While LED lights will be provided, participants are welcome to bring food for a gathering at the legion following the vigil.
Relatives of the murder victim are expected to attend.
“People are still in shock. They are upset and frustrated,” says Dr. Filion, noting that the gathering is meant to help people show their support for the family.
Since Brandon Smeltzer, of Bayside, Nova Scotia, was charged with the murder of the 26-year-old Green Valley woman, people from that community have contacted Dr. Filion.
“Two communities are hurting,” observes Dr. Filion.
The vigil is a collective effort, she stresses. “There are so many community partners coming together,” the psychologist says. Businesses and individuals are helping out.
“One woman e-mailed and said she had already made 48 muffins. I was almost in tears!”
For more information, call Natalie St-Denis (613-677-8890) or Dr. Filion (613-330-1091.)
A GoFundMe page has been launched for the 22-month-old daughter of murder victim Emilie Maheu.
"I did the crime, I'll do the time," declared the man accused of killing Emilie Maheu when he appeared in Cornwall court Friday.
Brandon Smeltzer was charged with first-degree murder after the body of the 26-year-old Green Valley woman was found in a field near Lancaster October 13.
The 25-year-old man from Bayside, Nova Scotia later stated that he would "be with Emilie soon.”
He was put on suicide watch.
A 25-year-old man from Nova Scotia has been charged with the murder of Emilie Maheu, the 26-year-old Green Valley woman whose body was found last Saturday in a field east of Lancaster.
Brandon Smeltzer, of Bayside, Nova Scotia was located in New Brunswick and charged with first-degree murder.
The accused will be transported back to Ontario where he is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Cornwall.
The community has been shocked by the death of the mother of a 22-month-old girl.
She was last seen leaving work at approximately 1 p.m. October 11 and was reported missing from a residence on County Road 34 in South Glengarry at approximately 8:30 p.m. October 11.
The body of a 26-year-old South Glengarry woman who was reported missing October 11 was found today (October 13).
The case is now being treated as a homicide.
The body of Emilie Maheu, who was last seen leaving work October 11 at 1 p.m. in Alexandria, was found in South Glengarry at 11:30 a.m. A post-mortem examination will be conducted later this week at Ottawa General Hospital. Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to contact Detective Constable Lise Durocher at 1-888-310-1122 or if you wish to remain anonymous you may call the Seaway Valley Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).