Family mourns murder victim,
Family mourns murder victim
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.
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.