Savanna Lafontaine: Slain Pregnant North Dakota Woman Laid to Rest

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(People Magazine) – Savanna Lafontaine-Greywind, the 22-year-old expectant mother who was allegedly murdered in August, was laid to rest Thursday morning in an emotional service.

“It was a very beautiful service befitting of Savanna,” family spokeswoman Janel Herald tells PEOPLE. “It was wonderful that Haisley Jo was able to spend those moments along with her family, as well,” she says.

Lafontaine-Greywind’s parents and her longtime boyfriend, Ashton Matheny, brought a newborn infant believed to be the baby that was ripped out of her womb, to the service. (Authorities are awaiting DNA testing to confirm that the baby, named Haisley Jo, is Lafontaine-Greywind’s.)

Nearly 1,000 mourners joined the slain woman’s family and friends at the First Assembly Church in Fargo, North Dakota, to pay their final, tearful respects to Lafontaine-Greywind, who was remembered as kind and loving.

After the church service, a horse-drawn carriage carried the casket to the cemetery for a private burial. Ten horses followed behind in the somber procession, including one that didn’t have a rider, signifying Lafontaine-Greywind, who according to reports was a member of the Spirit Lake Tribe. The service included Native American songs and tributes, according to local news station KFYR TV.

Mourners wore red shirts to honor Lafontaine-Greywind and other murdered and missing indigenous women, the outlet reports. Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney said that the entire community “lost a daughter,” local news station KVRR reports.

‘She Loved Everyone’

Lafontaine-Greywind was eight months pregnant when she vanished on Saturday, Aug. 19 after walking upstairs to the apartment of neighbor Brooke Lynn Crews, 38, who had asked her to model a dress she claimed she was sewing and needed to pin, according to the Fargo Police.

She and Matheny, her boyfriend of 7 years, were expecting their first child together and were planning on moving into a new apartment in Fargo in September. Her parents were thrilled that their eldest child was going to become a mother. “She loved everyone,” her mother, Norberta Lafontaine-Greywind told PEOPLE previously.

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