About 75 people gathered outside the University of Winnipeg’s downtown campus Monday night for a candlelight vigil to honour six-year-old Ana Marquez-Greene, one of the victims in last Friday’s school shooting in Newtown, Conn.
The little girl had lived in Winnipeg with her parents and brother before moving in the summer.
Her mother, Nelba, worked at the U of W’s Aurora Family Therapy Centre, near where the vigil was held.
A second vigil in memory of Ana and the other victims will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the University of Manitoba’s Eva Clare Hall, 65 Dafoe Road.
Ana’s father, famed musician Jimmy Greene, was a jazz instructor at the U of M from 2009 until earlier this year.
Greene issued a statement via his Facebook page this weekend.
“Thank you for all of your prayers and kind words of support,” reads the posting that was put up Saturday. “As we work through this nightmare, we’re reminded how much we’re loved and supported on this earth and by our Father in heaven. As much as she’s needed here and missed by her mother, brother and me, Ana beat us all to paradise. I love you sweetie girl.”
Ana attended Linden Christian School while she lived in Winnipeg with her parents and her brother, Isaiah.
Isiah was also at the school during the shooting but escaped unharmed.
“As a community, let’s uphold James, Nelba and their son Isaiah, as well as the many individuals impacted by this tragedy, in prayer,” said Linden Christian principal Rob Charach.
“The Marquez-Greene family thank everyone for their prayer support and know Ana is with Jesus.”
The family attended Whyte Ridge Baptist Community Church while in Canada, and the church had a vigil Friday night. Pastor Terry Janke said about 60 families showed, many of whom knew the family and Ana Grace.
-With files from the Canadian Press