Vigil for murdered teen girl found in Red River

A memorial has been erected at the Alexander Docks in Winnipeg, Man., close to where the body of...

A memorial has been erected at the Alexander Docks in Winnipeg, Man., close to where the body of 15-year-old Tina Fontaine was found on Aug. 17, 2014. (Brook Jones/QMI Agency)

Kristin Annable, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:56 AM ET

WINNIPEG -- Thank you for coming.

Those were the tragic, heartbroken words uttered Tuesday night by a mother who lost her daughter in the most heinous way possible.

Tina Fontaine, only 15 years old and a month into her new life in Winnipeg, was slain and found wrapped in a plastic bag dumped in the Red River.

Her mother Valentina spoke to hundreds who gathered Tuesday night to honour the life of the young Sakeeng First Nation girl, whose body was found a three days ago.

Candles were distributed, traditional aboriginal songs were sung and hardly a dry eye was left in the Oodena Circle when Valentina finished her words.

"Tina, this is your mom speaking. You were such a good girl and it has been two years since I last saw you," her mother said. "You were supposed to be safe at home, not in the river."

Fontaine had been under the care of Child and Family Services at the time of her death, and had recently run away from her foster home. She was reported missing on Aug. 9 after last being seen in the Portage Place area a day earlier.


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