Natasha Thompson's 16-year-old daughter Hana is speaking out about losing both her mom and dad to gun violence — while relatives have set up an online fundraiser to support her and her younger sister.
'Unconditionally, she was an amazing mother.' - Lits Boonthajit-Kong of Natasha Thompson
Hana Thompson wrote about the loss in an emotional Instagram post about her mom this week.
"You were all I had left when dad died," she wrote to her mom. "You were the only person who understood my pain and how I always felt. You picked me up, you kept me going, you made me stronger. Now you're gone and now I really feel lost."
Lits Boonthajit-Kong, the girls' "auntie," hopes to raise $10,000 for Hana and Miyoko, 11, after their mom was shot and killed Nov. 6.
A Hamilton police officer shot and killed their dad, Phonesay Chanthachack, in 2012. Now the sisters, whose beloved dog also died two years ago, are trying to make sense of all this loss.
"I never thought I was going to lose both parents from gun violence," Hana Thompson wrote on Instagram. "I feel like I'm in a really bad dream, a nightmare."
"With you and dad gone this is going to be impossible for me because now I'm alone and I don't know how I'm going to do this."
Thompson was an affectionate mom, Boonthajit-Kong said, and big on cuddles and hugs.
"They slept together," she said. "They cuddled together. They wore each other's clothes.
"Unconditionally, she was an amazing mother."
Thompson, 36, was shot and killed outside a Lang Street townhouse complex late Monday afternoon. She was pronounced dead on the way to the hospital. Her boyfriend, 41-year-old Mark Joseph Champagne, is charged with second degree murder.
It was the second recent tragedy to strike the family. In February 2012, Chanthachack was leaving a driveway with a stolen van at 15 Albright Rd. when he was shot and killed by police.
The inquest brought several changes to the way Hamilton Police Services operates, including making sure officers identify themselves as police when they make arrests.
"I will be able to sleep better knowing there was a little bit of justice here, that something good came out of it," Thompson said in 2013. "If nothing came out of it, I think it would be difficult to even move on and let this go."
Hana "has gone through so much, and she's one of the strongest girls I know," Boonthajit-Kong said. Natasha Thompson was the same.
"She was an amazing mother. A friend. She was very straightforward. Upfront. That's what made her who she is and why we loved her so much."
The funeral service is Sunday.