Savy Turcotte

A funeral service was held Monday for Regina teen Savy Turcotte.

The funeral service for Savhanah Turcotte, the Regina teen who is believed to have taken her own life, drew hundreds of people to a local church Monday.

Since the 13-year-old's death, last Tuesday, social media have been flooded with memories of the girl, who was known as Savy, and support for her family.

At the funeral, Turcotte's grandmother delivered an emotional eulogy, filled with memories of the youngster.

Two of her teachers also shared heartwarming stories about Turcotte.

Turcotte was a Grade 8 student at École St. Andrew, where officials said grief counsellors had been dispatched to help schoolmates and staff.

"It's really tragic and really unexpected and it has our whole division grieving and our whole division looking for answers," Noah Wernikowski, a spokesman for the Regina Catholic School Board, said Monday.

Turcotte's mother, Kelly Turcotte, issued a statement on the weekend suggesting her daughter's death may have connections to bullying, although police have said there is no evidence to indicate that was a factor in the child's death.

Anti-bullying report to come soon

Meanwhile, Saskatchewan Education Minister Don Morgan said Monday the government would not delay an anti-bullying report.

Morgan said it will be released as soon as possible because people are anxious to see the findings.

The report is being worked on by Saskatoon MLA Jennifer Campeau, who has been tasked with holding public consultations and looking at anti-bullying strategies.

Morgan said submissions can still be made until the end of October, so it wouldn't be fair to release the report sooner.

Turcotte's family has asked, in an obituary, that instead of sending flowers, people make contributions to efforts to raise awareness of bullying.

(With files from CBC's Tory Gillis and The Canadian Press)