A vigil was held Friday evening in Winnipeg for the victims of the train tragedy in Lac-Mégantic, Que.

Roughly 50 people came to the St. Boniface Cathedral for the vigil, which was organized by the St. Boniface Residents' Association.

So far, 28 people have been confirmed dead and numerous others remain unaccounted for after the July 6 derailment and explosion of a runaway train carrying oil. It levelled part of the Quebec town of 6,000 people.

"I still have cousins and grand-cousins in Lac-Mégantic, and unfortunately one of them is missing," said Johanne Cayer, who came to Friday's vigil in St. Boniface.

Said Claudette Clusiault, "My dad was born in Lac-Mégantic and I still have cousins who live there, and I was told that one of these cousins has lost a daughter."

Those at the vigil lit candles and observed a moment of silence before opening the floor to speakers.

Vigils have also been held across Quebec as well.

The idea behind the Winnipeg vigil came, in part, from a woman who is from Lac-Mégantic but now lives in St. Boniface, said association president Matt Allard.

"It's been very tough on her," he told CBC News before Friday's event. "She lost people and places she loves."

The association is accepting donations for the Canadian Red Cross, Allard said, adding that his group has also sent a letter to the mayor of Lac-Mégantic to say their thoughts are with people there.

"We thought it would be a good thing to have a gesture to show our solidarity and to share our feelings of loss [with] Lac-Mégantic," he said. "Everyone was affected by the terrible tragedy."