Innu communities hold vigils for Bernice Rich
The Innu communities of Sheshatshiu and Natuashish held vigils for Bernice Rich Monday night.
Families walked through the streets of Natuashish, carrying signs with "Stop the Violence Against Women" written on them.
In Sheshatshiu, about 200 community members lit candles and sang hymns near the location where the 21-year-old's body was found.
"I feel really sad about what happened. I just feel sad for the families, both sides," said Roxanne Rich.
She blamed, in part, the availability of drugs and alcohol in the community for Rich's death.
"We should deal with the people who are dealing drugs here. Because if we don't, this might happen again," said Rich.
The body of Bernice Rich was found on Friday in a wooded area in Sheshatshiu.
Gordon Milley, 30, is facing charges of first-degree murder, sexual assault, assault, public mischief, and breach of recognizance following Rich's death
His record includes 71 convictions, dating back to 2001.
Milley is being kept in custody. He's scheduled to return to court July 3.