Relative of Cooper Nemeth raises funds for family of slain teen
Nemeth's parents to give back to community that helped in search for 17-year-old son
A relative from 17-year-old Cooper Nemeth's extended family says she is raising money for the slain teen's parents to help them honour their son's memory.
"Everybody's giving their condolences … and we can't say 'thank you' enough for all the support and love that we've had since Cooper's been gone."
After a weeklong search, with hundreds of volunteers going door-to-door across the city, the search for the teenager was called off early Sunday morning.
The River East Collegiate student's remains were discovered by police on Saturday in the back lane of a home on Bayne Crescent.
Chrapchynski has has started a GoFundMe campaign for Nemeth. The teen's family wants to start a trust or donate to charity in Cooper's name, as a way of giving back to the community that never gave up searching for him, she said.
"They're just amazing people, very, very kind-hearted people," she said. "You can never go wrong with them. No matter what — good, bad or ugly — they'll always stand by your side and help you out."
Minute of silence
"People were, all hours of the day, at Gateway Rec. Centre and then out in the community, searching high and low," he said.
"A lot of people knew him, a lot of people went to River East Collegiate. We're all Kodiaks.... It all was very hard," said Browaty. The North Kildonan councillor asked for a moment of silence for the teen at city hall Monday.
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This touched my heart earlier coopers hockey team honouring him today <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ripcip?src=hash">#ripcip</a> 👼🏼🏒 <a href="https://t.co/brb5QCLISX">pic.twitter.com/brb5QCLISX</a>—@RileySabourin
His coach, Barry Rochelle, said the Marauders have named Nemeth honorary captain.
"As team we had a meeting and we wanted to do something to honour Cooper and show our respect to the family in this tough situation," he said.
"We're playing for Cooper right now and that's what we're doing."
Nemeth's teammates are devastated by his death, said Rochelle.
"Cooper's there with us every day, every shift there, every period, so every game," he said.
Deepest condolences to the family & friends of Cooper Nemeth. And thank you to <a href="https://twitter.com/wpgpolice">@wpgpolice</a> & community members for their efforts.—@Mayor_Bowman
The <a href="https://twitter.com/WpgThrashers">@WpgThrashers</a> are heartbroken to hear the news of our hockey brother Cooper Nemeth's passing . <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ripcip?src=hash">#ripcip</a>—@WpgThrashers
The principal of River East Collegiate, Diana Posthumus, said support will be available to students, parents and staff to help them cope with Nemeth's death.
"We do have a crisis response team that is internal to the school, we have counsellors, resource teachers, administrators, social workers and psychologists from division that service school and 10-12 support staff available," Posthumus said.
Paul Anderson, a guidance counsellor with River East, said Nemeth was a well-liked student and will be missed by many.
"He had so many different friends and so many different social groups," said Anderson.
"[Nemeth] was a prototypical boy — he was mischievous, he had a lot of fun with a lot of different people, he was a positive influence on a lot of kids."
The recreation centre is also offering grief support to students, a Kodiak athletics tweet said on Sunday.
Nicholas Bell-Wright, 22, was arrested in connection with Nemeth's death. He was charged with second-degree murder and appears in court on Monday.