Candlelight vigil held for ‘beautiful soul’ Savanna Pikuyak in Nepean


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Household, buddies and neighbours gathered for a vigil for Savanna Pikuyak Thursday night on the Nepean dwelling the place her physique was discovered.

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They lit candles, lay flowers and embraced each other whereas remembering “an attractive soul.”

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The vigil on Woodvale Inexperienced was organized Pikuyak’s buddy Joan Deibs. It aimed to honour the 22-year-old, who had simply come to Ottawa from a small group in Nunavut to begin nursing research, “and let her know we gained’t neglect her.”

Pikuyak was discovered useless  after officers have been referred to as to the scene Sunday morning.

Nikolas Ibey, 33, was arrested on the scene and charged Monday with second-degree homicide.

Nunavut Sivuniksavut, an Ottawa-based faculty program that serves Inuit youth from throughout the north, stated in a press release that as a group it was “deeply saddened” by Pikuyak’s dying.

“Though she was small in stature, Savanna was a pressure to be reckoned with,” it stated on social media.

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“She had a coronary heart of gold and was all the time prepared to lend a serving to hand. Regardless of being shy, she would make everybody round her snigger together with her quirky/sarcastic sense of humour. Now we have many fond reminiscences of her time as a scholar at NS. Her curiosity inside and outdoors the classroom was refreshing. She was pleasant, variety and liked by everybody round her.

“She will likely be deeply missed. Our heartfelt condolences exit to her household and group.”

NS inspired “anybody who could also be carrying overwhelming ideas of unhappiness, isolation or melancholy” to achieve out and discover somebody to speak to, including “there’s all the time somebody prepared to hear on the Kamatsiaqtut Helpline.” It may be reached at 1-800-265-3333.

Pikuyak, from Sanirajak, Nunavut, arrived in Ottawa final Thursday. Ibey printed a web based advert for in search of a renter at 34C Woodvale Inexperienced on Sept. 1, which Pikuyak answered.

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Deibs, Pikuyak’s buddy and mentor, had visited the townhouse Tuesday, when it was nonetheless cordoned off with yellow crime scene tape. Deibs occurred to be visiting Ottawa from Calgary.

“She landed right here Thursday morning and I landed Friday night, so I hadn’t even had the prospect to sit down and make plans together with her,” Deibs stated Tuesday. “It’s actually terrible.

“She actually simply moved right here to restart her life after COVID.”

Ibey’s former girlfriend has since described him as a harmful and jealous Jekyll and Hyde character who as soon as smashed down the door of her home with an axe regardless of the restraining order towards him.

He subsequent seems in court docket Sept. 29.

With recordsdata from Blair Crawford and Tony Caldwell

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