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Dozens gather at P.E.I. Province House for Rehtaeh vigil

04/14/2013 05:47 EDT | Updated 06/14/2013 05:12 EDT
Mourners gathered Saturday night on P.E.I. at a vigil held in memory of Rehtaeh Parsons.

The bullied Nova Scotia teen made international headlines this week as the alleged circumstances around her death sparked outrage online.

Just hours after Rehtaeh’s funeral in Halifax, about 80 people gathered outside of Province House in Charlottetown.

People held candles and wore pink — a colour that has become a symbol of the anti-bullying movement.

Joe Killorn, who organized and spoke at the event, said bullying is everyone's problem.

“We at this vigil want to send our condolences to the family of Rehtaeh Parsons, her friends, her community and the province that she lived in. Bullying is a community problem that requires a community solution."

He said there has to be more public discussion about bullying. “This young lady, Rehtaeh Parsons, could have been anyone’s daughter, anywhere. So I think it really hits home with a lot of people,” said Killorn.

Demonstration held at Halifax police station

In Halifax, about 60 people demonstrated in front of police headquarters on Gottingen Street Sunday afternoon.

Members of Rehtaeh's family also showed up to the demonstration, including her mother, Leah Parsons.

The event was planned earlier in the week, before police announced that they were reopening the investigation.

Demonstrators were there to further raise awareness about the handling of Rehtaeh's case.

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