Community mourns 2 Paul First Nation teens
Family and friends of two Paul Band First Nation teens who died of an ecstasy overdose last week gathered Saturday to pay their last respects.
Trinity Dawn Bird, 15, and Leah Dominique House, 14, took the stimulant during a wedding celebration Sunday, March 22. Both died later that week.
More than 200 people attended the memorial service Saturday.
Young people from the community carried red roses in honour of the teens, and traditional First Nations drummers played as the girls' caskets were carried away.
Billy Morin, who came to pay his respects, said he's fed up with the drugs being distributed in the small community.
"All the drug dealers need to get out of here, it's not good. [There's] lots of drug dealers. All the partying, drugs and alcohol needs to change. It seems to be what's messing up our people," Morin said.
Police were called to a wedding early last Sunday after four teenage girls suddenly became ill after taking the stimulant ecstasy. Three girls were rushed to hospital.
Trinity, who had been in a coma, died in hospital Tuesday night.
Leah died Wednesday. She had also been in a coma.
The third teen was released from hospital on Wednesday.
The fourth girl was assessed and treated on site Sunday morning.
A 16-year-old boy faces nine charges, including two counts of criminal negligence causing death, in relation to the drug-related deaths.
The Paul Band First Nation is 80 kilometres west of Edmonton on the Wabamun Lake Reserve.