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Funeral held for slain Ottawa teen

A funeral was held was held Friday morning for Brandon Volpi, the 18-year-old St. Patrick's High School student whose life came to a tragic end last Saturday during a fight post-prom.

Mourners packed St. Anthony's Church for Volpi's funeral, among them family, friends and fellow students.

Following the ceremony, they followed the pallbearers carrying the mahogany casket out of St. Anthony's. Church bells tolled in the rain.

Adriesca Julot's sister used to date Volpi.

"I've been crying since I found out," she said. "Right now I feel like I don't even have tears to cry anymore, but being there, especially when I went up to get the communion and I actually saw the casket - it just brings the memories back from the wake. I know what's in that casket. It hurts. It really does."

"To be honest, I'm still shocked," said Jaida Welsh, a Grade 11 student at St. Patrick's. "I still can't even believe that it happened. I still feel like when I get to school I'm going to pass by him in the same place that I've been."

"It was hard for me, you know?" said Vaness James, a Grade 9 student at St. Patrick's. "Some people knew him for a long time, but I really took it hard because I was close to him as well."

"He was always happy," added James. "Even if he wasn't in a good mood, he would be there for you. It's sad."

Julot said Volpi was always lending a helping hand.

"He'll be like 'meet me half way.' He doesn't meet you half way, he goes the whole way. As soon as you step out, he's right there," said Julot.

Volpi died after he was stabbed Saturday outside of a post-prom party at Les Suites hotel.

The 18-year-old wanted in connection with his murder is still at large.

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