Emotional day as family and friends remember Alex Foto
Published Tuesday, August 12, 2014 6:01PM EDT
Hundreds turned out to remember 19-year-old Alexandra Foto on Tuesday, who died in a terrible bicycle accident on Thursday.
Foto was remembered as someone who devoted her life to helping others, as both a student and humanitarian.
Emotions were running high among family and friends at the funeral held at London's St. Peter's Cathedral.
Friend Orianna Mak says, "I took so much pride in being able to brag about Alex. My friend the traveller. My friend the missionary. My friend the World Vision ambassador. We are so proud of you Alex. And we are so proud of how big your heart is."
Foto died after colliding with a cement truck while riding her bicycle last week at Wharncliffe Road and Riverside Drive.
Described as a selfless humanitarian, she had spent much of her young life helping to end poverty, travelling to several Third World countries for World Vision.
Sheri McConnel of World Vision Canada says, "I think it's not coincidence that today is International Youth Day, and there are thousands, hundreds of thousands, of youth all across social media right now who are praying at this very moment, who are honouring her because she was a part of our family. She was a part of the World Vision family."
About to enter her second year in the International Studies program at the University of Waterloo, Foto grew up in London and had been home for the summer.
She leaves behind parents Pat and Vito Foto, both municipal employees.
City hall employees, emergency personnel, fellow cyclists - even complete strangers - many different people paid their respects to a young woman who gave so much to help others.
Family friend Ted Gorski says she leaves behind a legacy of goodwill - and many broken hearts.
"The family even stated when the cement truck hit her it hit us. It's beyond tragedy. It's absolutely beyond."
One of the ways that the family will keep her legacy alive is to take part in the 30-Hour Famine, a global effort to help end world hunger.