Princilla Asantewaa died trying to save her mother from a house fire, and on Saturday she was honoured for being both a loving daughter and a brave and selfless hero.
What can only be described as uncontrollable grief permeated the atmosphere at the service, as hundreds gathered to say goodbye to the 15-year-old.
“She will always be remembered for her beautiful smile,” said Princilla’s aunt, Mavis Anane, in a voice choked with tears.
“May her soul rest in peace.”
While those who knew and loved the teen came together to remember her, a makeshift memorial remained in place at the Humber Blvd. townhouse that was destroyed by fire December 10 th.
Princilla made it out of the fire safely with her younger brother Gideon, but realizing her mother was still inside, went back into the blaze.
Her mother eventually made it out by leaping from a window, but Princilla’s efforts left her trapped in a third-floor bedroom.
Her mother remains in hospital recovering and wasn’t able to attend her daughters funeral.
Still, those in attendance Saturday say the young girl with a huge heart is now looking over them, and her mother from above.
“My prayer and hope is that she gets to rest in the arms of the Lord,” said another attendee.
Princilla will be laid to rest in Glenview Memorial Gardens. The family has set up a trust fund, which can be donated to at all Royal Bank locations.
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