Montrealers march to remember femicide victim, Romane Bonnier, 24 – Montreal | The Canadian News

A few hundred people marched in the city center on Saturday afternoon to remember Romane Bonnier, the 24-year-old woman who was murdered ten days ago.

The march started outside the FACE school where Bonnier, or ‘Romy’ as her loved ones knew her, was a former student.

Friends, family and teachers thought it would be a good place to remember the budding singer.

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“We decided to start the march here and finish at the Rialto Theater,” said Anne-Sophie Julien, the organizer of Saturday’s march. “Romane was a performer and artist and it was a way for us and the family to put on a show for her. His last show, ”he said.

Bonnier died in broad daylight in the Plateau area on October 19 from a stabbing attack.

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Francois Pelletier, 36, was arrested at the scene and remains in custody. Bonnier’s death is considered the seventeenth femicide in Quebec this year and a case of domestic violence, according to police.

The couple had previously lived together and police had received multiple 911 calls related to an altercation between a man and a woman on the day of his death.

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Those who attended Saturday’s meeting not only wanted to remember Romy, but also wanted to draw attention to the violence that she and many other women have faced.

“If we haven’t been in a violent situation, we all know someone who has been in one,” says Julien. “I think it’s time we got together to talk about it and make a change,” he adds.

Rita Jerumanis, one of Romy’s former teachers at FACE, says more must be done to educate future generations so these incidents don’t have to happen.

“Make people more aware and invite the victims, those who suffer from violence, to come out and talk about it,” says Jerumanis.

A private memorial service was also held Saturday at Mile End for friends and family.

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