09/11/2011 05:19 EDT | Updated 11/11/2011 05:12 EST

Burnaby woman lost her life in service

Hundreds of friends, family, and people touched by the life of Bayush Hagos crowded into a room at the Renfrew Community Centre in Vancouver on Saturday to remember a vibrant woman who sacrificed everything while trying to help.

The gathering was called "a celebration of the life and friendship of Bayush Hagos," but many struggled to deal with the sudden and brutal absence of the vibrant 57-year-old woman.

Hagos, a popular community worker, was found dead in her home in Burnaby, B.C., on Sept. 1.

Not forgotten

Fikre Tsehai said the large crowd honoring Hagos on Saturday was a sign of all that she had left behind.

"When people die, they are not remembered by the position they held when they were alive, or their amount of wealth," Tsehai said.

"They are remembered by the good things they did while they were alive. And this indicates what type of person Bayush was."

Another mourner, Nancy Miller, said supporters are setting up a bursary in honour of Bayush at Langara College.

"They said we really want to set up something which will have her name on it and that we can remember her by, and that we can all contribute and tell her how much we've loved her," Miller said.

Charges laid

Mourners described as a woman who devoted her life to helping others: immigrants, refugees and women suffering the effects of domestic violence. She may also have lost her life while trying to help her community.

Hagos had been helping a woman accused of attempting to murder her husband. As the woman's case was delayed, the woman found herself without housing, and Hagos took her in.

Police have since charged that woman with second-degree muder in Hagos's death.