6:30 p.m., April 18)
Web account for slain Gloucester teen raises close to
$7K in 24 hours
By Fred Sherwin
than $6,900 has so far been raised to help
pay for slain teen Connor Stevenson's funeral.
campaign to help raise money to provide a funeral for
slain Gloucester teen Connor Stevenson, has surpassed
its goal in less than 24 hours.
of 5:30 p.m. Satruday, nearly $7,000 had been raised through
account created by Stevenson's step-father John David
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.
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.
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.
people who knew Stevenson the best, say he was well-liked
and stayed out of trouble.
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."
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
club's resgistrar Louise Malette says they will retire
his number 44 during the upcoming season
kid was a valuable player of ours and hes 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 hes 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.
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.
goal was to become an electrician," says Lavoie.
"He was amazing kid."
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