Aug 03, 2023
By Jeremy Logan
A funeral is to be held Friday for a Ukrainian refugee who drowned in a river near Quebec City.
The funeral for 21-year-old Sumit Shyder will take place in the town of St-Anselme at St-Anselme Church, about 30 kilometres away from the provincial capital.
Shyder was reported missing on July 19 after going for a swim in the Etchemin River, and police discovered his body Friday.
Officials spent nine days searching on foot and by helicopter, but divers were unable to go into the river for much of the time due to strong currents.
Shyder arrived in Canada on July 8 and was living in St-Anselme with his mother and brothers.
A GoFundMe campaign has been set up by Montreal’s Ste-Sophie Ukrainian Orthodox Church to help the grieving family cover funeral costs.