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.
Christine’s father, George Wood says his daughter was a good person.
“She was happy, friendly, quiet,” says Wood. “I don’t think… she meant for her life to turn out this way and end this way. It’s sad and we’re angry.”
“I can’t really explain how it feels to lose a child like that, a daughter, your only daughter, your baby,” Wood 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 vigil began at 341 Burrows Ave. – the house where Christine was killed. The group then walked to Thunderbird House on 715 Main Street.
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.
MKO started a GoFundMe page for Wood’s family, to help cover the costs of the vigil.
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