The family of Cortney Lake will be holding a special public tree lighting in her memory tonight in Mount Pearl.
The 24-year-old was murdered in June. She was last seen June 7th getting into a pickup belonging to her former boyfriend, Phillip Smith. Police say at this stage in the investigation, Smith, who was found dead November 1st, is the only suspect in the case.
Lake’s body has not yet been recovered.
Cortney’s aunt, Glenda Power, says the event begins at 6:15 at St. David’s Park. She says it’s a family-friendly event with caroling, and Tim Horton’s is supplying hot chocolate. Power says it’s the type of event which Cortney would have loved.
Power says Christmas was Cortney’s favourite time of the year, and that she was always the first one in the family to put up her tree.
Purple was her favourite colour so the tree will be decorated in purple. The colour also signifies the profound impact of violence against women.