With files from Bailey Nicholson
Members of murdered Letisha Reimer’s church have paid tribute to the 13-year-old, describing her as vivacious and caring.
Friends say Letisha volunteered as a youth leader with the South Abbotsford Church.
A youth worker who was close to Letisha says she was a positive person, with a contagious laugh.
“She laughed and the whole room laughed with her, because it was such a contagious laugh. And oh man, she danced and sang and she loved to make people feel a part of things, and to make people laugh. We just love her, we miss her and she will be forever in our hearts.”
Letisha regularly took part in missionary retreats, where she helped out the homeless and carried out community work.
“During the youth retreat, one of youth leaders recalls how Letisha all of a sudden had a burst of energy, she stood up and started dancing around. Her goofy side would often come out when Letisha was just being Letisha.”
Local fundraiser to bring hope, help, and maybe a few laughs
Meanwhile Abbotsford’s local Yuk Yuk’s comedy club will be raising money for Letisha’s family, as well as that of her 14-year-old friend who was injured in the double stabbing.
Yuk Yuk’s will host three performances Friday night, charging $20 per person, and split all proceeds between both families.
One employee, Mackenzie Parman, says the community has been turned upside down since Tuesday’s tragedy.
“We have very, very heavy hearts about this it hits way too close to home for a lot of us, and Abbotsford is just such a tight-knit community and being alocal business we wanted to do our part to give back.”
Parman says financial support for those impacted is important, but so is helping people smile during hard times.
“Everyone knows that laughter is the best medicine, and sometimes after bad things happen you just need to be able to laugh again and to know that things will eventually get better.”
She says they expect a full house, and that calling to reserve a seat is encouraged.