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<p>Friends and family attending the funeral for an 18-year-old woman who died after being stabbed in the chest last month were urged yesterday to remember all the traits that made her such a good person.</p>

Slain teen remembered for touching lives



TIM WIECLAWSKI/Metro Ottawa


Jason Cyr and William Brennan, friends of slain Ottawa teen Tammy Couture, bear her coffin out of the Kelly Funeral Home yesterday following her funeral. Couture’s accused killer, Stephanie Young, appeared in court via video yesterday on a first-degree murder charge.





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Danielle Couture enters a car to travel to Beechwood Cemetery, where her daughter Tammy was interred yesterday.





Friends and family attending the funeral for an 18-year-old woman who died after being stabbed in the chest last month were urged yesterday to remember all the traits that made her such a good person.





During the funeral yesterday, Reverend Brian Barr encouraged mourners to celebrate Tammy Couture’s life and to be thankful for the memories they have of her that will keep their feelings alive. Mourners said that would be easy to do, because she touched so many people.





“I remember her talking one day, asking if she died if anyone would show up to her funeral,” friend Joni Reed recalled. “This just proves, how much everybody did care and everybody loved and how this is a huge part of everybody’s lives.”





More than 100 mourners attended the funeral at Kelly Funeral Home, with half the crowd composed of youth who were friends of Couture, or who knew her through the Operation Go Home youth drop-in centre, where she was a regular.





Couture’s mother, Danielle, said she still had difficulty accepting that it was her daughter being laid to rest, but she said she was comforted by the love those who had befriended Couture displayed throughout the ordeal.





“Sometimes her friends clung to her too much,” said Danielle Couture. “She didn’t have any one best friend. She just had so many.”





Couture said her daughter was always trying to help people in need.





“We’d feed them if they didn’t have food, and we had an extra sofa bed if someone needed a place to stay for the night,” she recalled.





Stephanie Young, 18, is charged with first-degree murder in Couture’s death. She appeared briefly in court via video yesterday on the charge (see sidebar).





Mourner Matthew Manley, 25, said friends of Couture’s would be watching Young’s upcoming trial closely in coming weeks. In the 18 months he knew her, Manley said, Couture had become like a little sister to him.





“It didn’t actually hit home that she was gone until I saw the body,” he said.




tim.wieclawski@metronews.ca














Accused in court


  • In contrast to more than 100 people who attended Tammy Couture’s funeral nearby, only a handful of people were on hand at the Elgin Street courthouse when the young woman accused in her death appeared via video yesterday. Stephanie Young, 18, stood with hunched shoulders during her video appearance from the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre yesterday. Young, who had her hand buried in her sleeve, kept her hand over her mouth as she approached the video camera. Following a telephone call with a lawyer, the woman returned to the screen looking more relaxed, answering “OK” and saying “bye” when the judge told her when to expect her next court appearance. Young returns to court on Thursday, Dec. 20 at 1:30 p.m., also for a video appearance. She is charged with first-degree murder. Couture, also 18, was stabbed to death in the basement apartment of a house at 296 Donald St. on Nov. 23, following an altercation at a social gathering.



 
 
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