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.)