Community mourns death of Loretta Saunders

The body of Loretta Saunders was laid to rest Saturday.
Loretta Saunders was studying the issue of murdered or missing aboriginal women when she was killed. (Gofundme)

The body of Loretta Saunders was laid to rest Saturday.

The funeral service took place during the morning at the Pentecostal Church in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. Saunders was then buried at the Moravian Cemetery.

The funeral for Loretta Saunders was held on Saturday in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. (CBC/Matt McCann)
The entire community was moved by the day's events. Hundreds of people packed into the church, including family, friends, members of the Labrador Inuit community and politicians.

The funeral service included a slide show featuring photos of Saunders, and versions of Amazing Grace in both Inuktitut and English.

Family members said they found some closure in the service. Her family said having her back in the community and laying her to rest is part of the healing process.

The 26-year-old Inuk woman, who was originally from Labrador but was studying at Saint Mary's University in Halifax, went missing on Feb. 13. Her body was found on Feb. 26 in a highway median in New Brunswick.

Her two roommates, Victoria Hennebury and Blake Leggette, have been charged with first-degree murder.

On Thursday, the leaders of Nova Scotia's three main political parties called for a national public inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women and girls.