Family and friends send off shooting victim Natasha Thompson with purple balloons
Family wants more awareness for domestic violence
Purple balloons floated to the sky as a black car carried Natasha Thompson's casket away from a downtown Hamilton funeral home on Monday.
Family and friends gathered a week after her death to say farewell.
The 36-year-old woman was shot to death the evening of Nov. 6 outside a Lang Street townhouse. Her 41-year-old boyfriend, Mark Joseph Champagne, has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder.
Thompson left two daughters behind aged 11 and 16, Miyoko and Hana, respectively.
"All I know is that Natasha was a very humble, loving mother," said Cathy Mingo, the girls' "auntie" speaking on behalf of the family.
She said they chose purple as the colour for the balloons because it's the colour for domestic violence awareness.
"I want Hamilton to stand up, I want our politicians to stand up to protect us women, because we don't know what tomorrow brings."
The family has started a GoFundMe fundraiser with a goal of $10,000 for the two daughters Thompson left behind. As of Nov. 14, donors brought in $4,145.
"These kids don't have no mother, no father anymore," Mingo said, "We are all family. We need to stand up together and help one another."
The girls lost their father to a shooting in 2012. Phonesay Chanthachack was leaving a driveway with a stolen van at 15 Albright Rd. when he was shot and killed by police.
With files from Samantha Craggs