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Vigil tonight for families of slain women

All welcome at Memorial Park gathering

The sister of a woman who allegedly lost her life to an accused serial killer is inviting all Winnipeggers to join her family in vigil.

Amanda Sinclair, the sister of slain Carolyn Sinclair, will help lead the Memorial Park event, which begins at about 7 p.m. on Saturday night. Families of other of Manitoba’s missing and murdered women will also join the show of support, and solidarity.

Carolyn Sinclair.

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Carolyn Sinclair.

Drummers play at a vigil held for Carolyn Sinclair, Lorna Blacksmith and Tanya Nepinak, at Memorial Park, Saturday.

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Drummers play at a vigil held for Carolyn Sinclair, Lorna Blacksmith and Tanya Nepinak, at Memorial Park, Saturday. Photo Store

Carolyn Sinclair was only 25 when she disappeared off the streets of Winnipeg in December. Four months later, her body was found in a trash bin behind a Notre Dame apartment complex.

She was "infinitely more than where her life ended," said Nahanni Fontaine, the provincial government's special adviser on aboriginal women's issues. She was a mother, sister, and daughter.

There were few leads in her case until June 21, when police arrested 52-year-old Shawn Lamb and charged him with murdering Sinclair, 18-year-old Lorna Blacksmith, and 31-year-old Tanya Nepinak.

The arrest cast a renewed spotlight on the fates of Canada’s missing and murdered women.

Traditional drummers and singers who wish to perform in honor of the families are welcomed.

Comments are not accepted on this story because they might prejudice a case before the courts.

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