Stefanie Rengel was killed on New Year’s Day

Two months after her murder, friends and family are supporting Stefanie Rengel’s memory by selling wristbands in her favourite colour purple to benefit Kids Help Phone.

Speaking publicly for the first time since the murder, family members said this week they hope the campaign can enshrine her name in Toronto’s social conscience.


"I’m sure everyone that read about it and heard about it in the news on Jan. 1 have now put it to the back of their heads," said stepmother Maureen Rengel.

"These bracelets are just another way of bringing back Stefanie, and bringing the memory of Stephanie alive to all of us."

The 14-year-old became the city’s first homicide of 2008 when she was found stabbed to death on the sidewalk outside her home on New Year’s Day.

An 18-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl have been charged with her murder.

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