Carlos Osorio/torstar news service


Slain teen remembered: Stepmom Maureen Rengel and father Adolfo console Stefanie Rengel’s younger brother Ian at the funeral at Presteign-Woodbine United Church yesterday for the 14-year-old who was stabbed and left to die on a sidewalk only steps away from her home on New Year’s Day.

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.”

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  • A 15-year-old girl and a 17-year-old boy — who has since turned 18 — have been charged with first-degree murder in connection with her death.

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