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(Posted 6:30 p.m., April 18)
Web account for slain Gloucester teen raises close to $7K in 24 hours
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

More than $6,900 has so far been raised to help pay for slain teen Connor Stevenson's funeral. File photo

A campaign to help raise money to provide a funeral for slain Gloucester teen Connor Stevenson, has surpassed its goal in less than 24 hours.

As of 5:30 p.m. Satruday, nearly $7,000 had been raised through a GoFundMe account created by Stevenson's step-father John David Lavoie.

The money will be used to help pay for Stevenson's funeral which has yet to be arranged. Lavoie and Stevenson's mother, Laurie Beaudoin, are living on disability insurance and struggle making ends meet at the best of times.

With the price of even a basic funeral costing several thousand dollars, Beaudoin was hoping to raise $5,000 to give her only son a proper service.

The Grade 12 Gloucester High School student was stabbed to death in the stairwell of the Jasmine Crescent apartment building where he lived with his mother and step-father. There are no known suspects and no clear motive, leaving police to believe it was a random attack.

The people who knew Stevenson the best, say he was well-liked and stayed out of trouble.

"He was an amazing person who was loved by everyone," says Joanika Bastien who is part of a group of friends committed to helping Stevenson's parents raise the necessary money for his funeral. "His love of life and his laugh made everyone love his presence."

Besides his friends and fellow students at Gloucester High School, members of the North Gloucester Giants football club are also planning to help raise money for the former player's family.

The club's resgistrar Louise Malette says they will retire his number 44 during the upcoming season

“The kid was a valuable player of ours and he’s worn the number 44 for many years and it was just something automatic,” says Malette. “We need to retire the jersey and hang it and make sure that he’s always part of the club, always part of the team."

Stevenson also loved playing rugby and was a member of the Gloucester Gators rugby team which won the Tier 2 high school championship last year.

According to his step-father, Stevenson was looking forward to helping his teammates defend their title this spring. He was also looking forward to graduating and pursuing a career.

"His goal was to become an electrician," says Lavoie. "He was amazing kid."

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)

 

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