Tournament honours memory of slain teacher

Friends and teammates of Jolene Cote hope the soccer tournament will provide closure and bring more attention to her death
Teammates organized the tournament to honour the memory of Jolene Cote. The 36-year-old mother of two was found dead in her home west of Edmonton in October 2011. To date, no one has been charged in her death.

Former friends and teammates of Jolene Cote are putting on a soccer tournament to honour the slain Spruce Grove teacher.

"It's important to us to find some closure to this, I think, for the family and for our teammates as well," said Shelley Wyman, who helped organize the tournament.

Shelley Wyman, Cote's former teammate, says not knowing what happened to the mother of two is particularly painful for her friends and family.

The 36-year-old mother of two was found dead outside her home in October 2011.

Police have not yet said how she died and no one has been charged in the case.

Cote had joined a soccer team shortly before her death. Wyman said they thought the tournament would be the perfect way to honour their friend.

"Jolene was all about the fun. And having a soccer tournament in her name, I think she would have loved it," she said.

Six teams took part in the two-day tournament. The money raised will be placed in a fund to pay for university for Cote’s two young children.

Rhonda Berg, Cote’s sister, also hopes the event will keep her story in the public eye and perhaps lead to more information on what happened to her.

"It's very difficult not knowing what happened and who did this to her," Berg said. "And when they're able to charge somebody, at least it'll give us a little bit of closure. We won't have to keep thinking about that. "