Fam­ily mourns mur­der vic­tim,

Fam­ily mourns mur­der vic­tim

Ottawa Citizen - - CITY - MEGHAN HUR­LEY mhur­ley@ot­tawac­i­t­i­zen.com twit­ter.com/meghan_hur­ley

Mourn­ers knelt on a car­pet in a funeral home Satur­day as orange-robed Bud­dhist monks led a funeral for Ot­tawa’s 10th homi­cide vic­tim of the year.

Kham­souriya Eric Vongviset, 34, died af­ter he was shot out­side a Bar­rhaven home on Charleston Street last Sun­day.

Dur­ing the funeral held at the Cap­i­tal Me­mo­rial Chapel on Prince of Wales Drive, Vongviset was de­scribed as a lov­ing per­son who was adored by his fam­ily and friends. The chapel was filled with friends and fam­ily, some mourn­ers tak­ing in the ser­vice from the hall­way.

“As a brother, he was very pro­tec­tive,” sis­ter Anne Vongviset said in a brief eu­logy Satur­day. “As a fa­ther, he was lov­ing and pas­sion­ate.”

A ta­ble at the front of the room was dec­o­rated with flow­ers and held a framed photo of Vongviset.

Women dressed in white with sashes draped over their shoul­ders and men in black, hands clasped in prayer, chanted in Vongviset’s hon­our.

Those sit­ting on the car­pet poured bot­tled water into plas­tic cups, and left the chapel to pour the water on the ground.

A wo­man, who had put her shoes back on af­ter kneel­ing in the chapel, spoke brief- ly in English to say Vongviset was too young to die, then switched back to her na­tive tongue.

Af­ter the funeral, two monks led a pro­ces­sion of friends and fam­ily mem­bers as they fol­lowed the hearse to the cre­ma­to­rium, which is ad­ja­cent to the chapel.

A sin­gle po­lice car kept guard in the chapel’s park­ing lot.

Vongviset’s fam­ily had pre­vi­ously crit­i­cized me­dia re­ports that fol­lowed his death for fo­cus­ing too much on his past crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity.

Vongviset was con­victed for his role in an ar­son-forhire that caused $1 mil­lion in dam­age to a restau­rant in Oc­to­ber 1997, though the court later granted an ap­peal. He was also sent to prison for three years for stab­bing a pool hall bouncer in the face with a beer glass in Novem­ber 2003.

These cases have noth­ing to do with the mur­der, the fam­ily said last week in a state­ment.

“We all make some poor choices in life, Eric wasn’t an ex­cep­tion, but you failed to re­port this and he was for a long time try­ing to make bet­ter choices and make a change,” Anne Vongviset wrote in a state­ment.

MIKE CARROCCETTO, THE OT­TAWA CIT­I­ZEN

Mourn­ers fol­low the hearse af­ter the funeral for Eric Vongviset at Cap­i­tal Me­mo­rial Gar­dens in Ne­pean on Satur­day. Friends and fam­ily paid trib­ute to Vongviset in a Bud­dhist cer­e­mony led by orange-robed monks. Vongviset was the city’s 10th mur­der...

Eric Vongviset, 34, was shot out­side his Bar­rhaven home on Sun­day. Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the homi­cide.

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