Friends and family gathered at a Longueuil funeral home Thursday to mourn the passing of Jenique Dalcourt.
The 23-year-old woman died in the early morning hours of Oct. 22, following a brutal attack while walking home late the night before.
She was beaten with a blunt object by an unknown assailant while walking along the bike path that runs through Paul Pratt Park in Old Longueuil.
Since her death, Longueuil residents and others have regularly visited the site where she was found, holding vigils, lighting candles and laying flowers in a makeshift memorial to Dalcourt.
At a vigil held Tuesday night, hundreds of people gathered at the bike path to pay their respects. Some participated in a five-kilometre walk or run, while others stood quietly and mourned.
Her mother, Monique Dalcourt, attended the vigil.
"It's really unfair. I don't know what else to say. There are no words," she said of her daughter's violent death.
Police investigation continues
Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu, the founder of an association supporting the families of murdered and missing people (better known by its French acronym, AFPAD), attended Dalcourt’s funeral Thursday.
He said it’s important to explain to those left mourning that they must carry on despite the events that occurred.
On Sunday, police arrested a suspect in connection to Dalcourt’s killing. However, the Crown asked for the suspect’s release the following day due to a lack of evidence.
Longueuil police said they still consider the man an important witness.
The investigation and search for evidence continues.