More than 200 students gathered at Abbotsford Senior Secondary Friday night to pay tribute to 13-year-old Letisha Reimer, who died after a stabbing at the school earlier this week.
Candles were lit in memory of the teen, and in support of her friend who was also stabbed, but survived.
Students braved the rain and huddled on the football field outside Abbotsford Senior Secondary.
Mitchell Bergen knew Letisha, he says the gathering felt like a family reunion.
“A lot of people just huddled around and sang ‘Hallelujah’, and singing a bunch of songs, and just all praying for Letisha. Everybody’s showing a lot of emotions, like some people are crying. “
And Anish Dhaliwal crossed paths with Letisha from time to time.
“Felt like there was like, a lot of hope around everyone, everyone should like… be safe. There’s a group in the middle singing songs, and around is joining them.”
Both students say it was a tough and emotional vigil for all, but the community came together to support each other.