The community of Lac du Bonnet gathered Friday night for a vigil to remember Brittany Bung, the 19-year-old woman killed in the close-knit community earlier this week.
At least a hundred people retraced the young woman's final steps, meeting at the town's Petro-Canada station before lighting candles and walking about half a kilometre down Highway 502 to Edward Crescent — near the spot where Bung's body was found Tuesday morning.
Organizers of the vigil hoped coming together would help the community heal.
"This is good, because people need to come together," said said Candace Hill, who spoke at the vigil and has known Bung since she was a baby. "When you're going through these feelings, you don't want to be alone. it's good to be together.
"Tragedy brings community together."
RCMP have said Bung called police herself around 6:30 a.m. to request help. When Mounties arrived they found her next to a car with life-threatening injuries. She was rushed to hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Twenty-year-old Jordan Belyk, of no fixed address, has been charged with manslaughter.
Witnesses have told CBC News Bung met and agreed to give a ride to a shirtless man who had been acting erratically at the town's Petro-Canada station in the minutes before she was killed.
RCMP have not said anything about the relationship between Bung and Belyk.
Hill said Bung recently started a new job and she had stopped at the gas station to fill up her car and grab a coffee on her way to work.
While Hill wouldn't talk specifically about about man charged with manslaughter in Bung's death, she did say she feels things need to change.
"We need to come together, we need to make changes, we need to get strong, we need to prioritize what's important in our lives," she said. "Look at these issues that are affecting our communities, our cities, our country — we're losing our youth and it's got to stop."
'Just a beautiful girl'
Bung was raised in Pointe du Bois, located about 40 kilometres east of Lac du Bonnet, and Hill said she liked to camp, go ice fishing, and go rock climbing.
"She had a good life ahead of her," said Hill. "She just graduated … just a beautiful girl, just very giving, and kind, and funny — just a really good person."
Bung's family hasn't been able to go to the spot where she died and didn't attend the vigil, said Hill.
"Well, you know they're still in shock, right, they're still in shock," she said. "What can I say, you know? it's really hard."
Mickie Chapman organized the vigil and before it started she told CBC News she wanted to help the community band together to show "love and support for this beautiful soul that was taken way too soon.
"Something like this has never really happened in our community before and now is a time for us to band together. We just want to light up the night for her."
Chapman said she's known Bung — who has not been identified by police as the victim of Tuesday's homicide — her entire life, as both lived in Pointe du Bois. She said she is overwhelmed at the news of her passing.
"It's not like she was just a neighbour or a co-worker's child. She was a part of our family and a part of my life," said Chapman. "I watched that little girl grow up and she never got a chance to be the woman she wanted to be."