Carlos Osorio/torstar news service
Until now, Stefanie Rengel has only been a name, a face — and the city’s first homicide of 2008.
Toronto residents know the way she was killed — stabbed in the stomach and left to die in a snowbank just metres from her home on New Year’s Day.
Her four grieving parents, biological and through marriage, have so far declined media interviews, but at Presteign-Woodbine United Church, Stefanie’s mother, Patricia Hung, talked about her daughter in front of about 400 hundred mourners.
“She had strength in spades and the courage to stand her ground,” Hung said. “She was responsible beyond her years and yet I worried about her every day because she was so trusting and forgiving.”