STELLARTON, N.S. — An off-duty police officer whose body was found in a wooded area in Halifax was remembered today as a determined young woman who wanted to serve her community.
Hundreds of people attended the funeral for 36-year-old Catherine Campbell in her hometown of Stellarton, N.S.
Her aunt Mandy Wong described her as an adventurous person who had a gentle touch with children, often bending down on her knee to speak to them to ensure they weren’t afraid of police officers.
Campbell was reported missing last Monday when she failed to show up for work with the police service in Truro.
Halifax police recovered her body last Wednesday under a bridge in Halifax.
Twenty-seven-year-old Christopher Calvin Garnier is charged with second-degree murder in Campbell’s death.
He is also charged with indecently interfering with a dead body.
Wong said Campbell has had an impact on many people.
“She never would have imagined the effect she would have,” she said. “Catherine was brave and beautiful and sweet and strong.”
Rev. Charles McPherson offered words of comfort to Campbell’s family, and police officers and firefighters who attended the service at the First Presbyterian Church.
“The shock of this tragedy has stunned our entire community. … We cannot believe it has happened,” he said.
The Canadian Press