Amanda Todd: Hundreds hear tributes from family, friends, teachers

 

 
 
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Amanda Todd: Hundreds hear tributes from family, friends, teachers
 

Amanda Todd's 16th birthday would have been Nov. 27. Hundreds of friends, family and teachers gathered at the Red Robinson Theatre in Coquitlam on Sunday to celebrate her life, which tragically ended far too soon.

Photograph by: Kim Stallknecht , PNG

It was the birthday party Amanda Todd would have wanted.

Surrounded by family and friends, snowflakes and Christmas lights.

Her 16th birthday would have been Nov. 27, but instead of the traditional party, hundreds gathered at the Red Robinson Theatre in Coquitlam on Sunday to celebrate her life, which tragically ended far too soon.

The 15-year-old Port Coquitlam girl committed suicide last month after she posted a chilling YouTube video sharing her story of enduring years of bullying. The video went viral, collecting more than 20 million hits and sparking action against bullying across the globe.

“I have lost my daughter — a bright, strong, unique young woman,” her mother Carol Todd told the crowd as she dabbed a tissue at her eyes.

“Although she is gone from our physical world, she has left behind a larger-than-life message that has sparked the world and made it open its eyes, its ears and its hearts.

“She continues to teach me and the rest of the world so much more about the importance of human kindness and compassion.”

The dimly lit theatre, tissue boxes lining the aisles, was still and silent as the crowd was captivated by family, friends, neighbours, teachers and coaches sharing their memories. They painted a vibrant picture of a young, active woman with a world of potential. She did it all — soccer, figure skating, hockey, swimming, dirt biking, piano, cheerleading and singing — her big dream to become a famous singer.

Todd read aloud a letter she wrote to her “baby girl” — or Princess Snowflake, as she loved to be called. Although she hated the cold, she loved snowflakes.

Her mother reminisced about her fondest moments with her daughter: a newborn who never slept, shopping sprees and fashion advice — only so Amanda could raid her mother’s closet.

Everyone agreed that though Amanda struggled with her own demons, she never let it get in the way of others — she always put their worries first.

“Amanda had such a big heart and was capable of so much love,” said her P.E. teacher, Leah Pells. “Her tenderness was always with her, no matter what was going on in her life.

“She felt things so deeply, which was a blessing and a curse for her.”

Amanda’s father, Norm Todd, shared his most cherished moments as well — and said that while he’s grateful for her few years, the loss will never grow easier with time.

“I have lost a big part of my heart that will never mend and will always belong to Amanda,” he said.

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Amanda Todd's 16th birthday would have been Nov. 27. Hundreds of friends, family and teachers gathered at the Red Robinson Theatre in Coquitlam on Sunday to celebrate her life, which tragically ended far too soon.

Photograph by: Kim Stallknecht, PNG

 
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Carol Todd speaks Sunday during the memorial for her daughter Amanda.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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