Yesterday friends, family members and neighbours decorated Christmas trees in the memory of those who perished in the July 6 train derailment and explosion in Lac-Mégantic, Que.

Forty-eight trees were donated and placed in front of Ste-Agnès church in downtown Lac-Mégantic after Mayor Colette Roy-Laroche asked residents to light up the town in preparation for the holidays.

Members of the Lafontaine family were there to remember the people they lost — Gaétan Lafontaine, his wife Joanie Turmel, his sister-in-law Karine Lafontaine and family business employee Marie-Noëlle​ Faucher. 

The Boulet family was also there. They had just received news from the coroner that their sister Marie-France would never be identified. Louise, Lucie and Bernard Boulet, three of the 11 Boulet siblings, were outside decorating a tree for their sister.

“I’m very sad. A little bit would have been a lot," Bernard said of the coroner's news.

Louise said that of the few items they were able to recover from their sister's house was some gold, which they had transformed into small charms to give to family members in Marie-France's memory.