Hundreds filed into the Calvary Temple on Hargrave Street on Monday to say their final goodbyes to murdered teenager, Cooper Nemeth.
Nemeth, 17, disappeared in the early hours of February 14th after leaving a house party on Amelia Crescent. An exhaustive search effort ended tragically with his body being discovered a week later, stuff in a garbage bin behind a home a block away on Bayne Crescent.
A 22 year old man is charged with second-degree murder.
His funeral, like the smudging ceremony at Gateway Community Centre organized by the Bear Clan Patrol, drew in hundreds: family members, friends and teammates.
Many teens who attended the funeral wore their hockey jerseys. Cooper’s jerseys were propped up on a stand in the front foyer of the Calvary Temple.
The audience heard from one of his hockey coaches and close family friend. He talked about the two championships they won together. He also shared funny memories from Cooper’s life
Ahead of a moving video tribute, Cooper’s father, Brent spoke as he was joined on stage by his wife and Cooper’s mom, Gaylene.
Brent promised his son that they would one day meet again, strap on the skates and shoot some one-timers.