This past Friday, June 19, Regan Russell, a woman who dedicated her life to protesting for animal rights, was fatally struck by a truck outside the Fearman Slaughterhouse in Burlington, Ontario, according to The Globe and Mail. The truck that hit Russell was filled with pigs preparing to see the end of their lives at Fearman's Pork — exactly what the woman was protesting against. Multiple vigils have been held across Canada to honour Russell's life, including one on Saturday, June 20 in Montreal's Square Saint-Louis.\nThe Facebook event for the vigil describes Russell by saying, "She was a warrior, a peace maker: just like all of us. She died selflessly fighting for a cause that is dear to our hearts. At the moment of the accident, she was giving pigs water, offering them a final moment of peace."\nThe vigil held was meant to honour her life and give her a "final moment of peace."\n"We will not stand back as that industry of death shamelessly steals the life of a warrior right in front of the public eye. We have to keep fighting," the organizers Montreal Animal Save and Animal Save Movement wrote.\nRegan Russell's commitment to honouring the lives of animals has not gone unnoticed.\nRegan Russell spent her last moments showing kindness and warmth to pigs who were being sent to slaughter—likely the only affection they ever saw.Her dedication & compassion for animals was unmatched. Honor her by giving your time and your voice to animals.Rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/CdX8DxeErh— PETA (@peta) June 19, 2020\nThe tragedy of Russell's death was recognized on PETA's official Twitter account.\nThe emotional vigil for Regan Russell was captured in photos, which were shared with MTL Blog.\nCourtesy of montreal_vegan | Instagram\nPeople were asked to bring candles to the vigil, which were lit throughout the evening to honour the activist's life.\nCourtesy of apolikali | Instagram\nMany wore shirts that read "Rest In Peace Regan Russell #SavePigs4Regan."\nCourtesy of apolikali | Instagram\nDonny Oberoi, who was in attendance at the vigil, shared his experience with MTL Blog saying everyone there was "deeply saddened and devastated by this tragic incident."\nView this post on Instagram 🕯 Last night Major and I attended a vigil for #ReganRussell 💔 Regan was a compassionate soul and a dedicated animal rights activist who was struck down and killed by a truck driver while she was helping her community feed baby pigs. Activists for years stop the trucks outside this slaughterhouse in Ontario, Canada and give water to the baby pigs for two minutes before they are sent off to be killed for human consumption. What should have been standard procedure based on agreements between activists and the slaughterhouse, turned into a tragedy and Regan lost her life instantly after being struck down. My deepest condolences to Regan’s husband, father, family, friends and this whole community. She was and will always be a hero for the animals and this and for all the activists fighting for animal liberation. We will fight for harder and stronger than we ever have in her honor. Regan we love you! We appreciate you and all that you did for the animals and this movement over the last 40 years. You will not die in vain. Your spirit is with us while we continue to do activism for the animals, humanity and this planet! Thank you for your service! Rest In Paradise sweet angel 🥺❤️ . . . #reganrussell #savepigs4regan #ripreganrussell #ripregan #justiceforregan #justiceforreganrussell #animalliberation #animalactivist #vegan #veganrecipes #vegansofla #activist #vigil #compassion #montreal #montrealcity #canada . . . 📸: @len_goldberg . . . Thank you @torontopigsave @thesavemovement for holding these vigils and we will continue to fight in Regans honor. Thank you @montreal_animal_save for holding this vigil in memory of Regan Russell 🙏🏽❤️🕯 A post shared by Donny Ⓥ (@vegan__as__fvck) on Jun 21, 2020 at 8:59am PDT\n"Regan Russell was a hero to the animals and this community and we will continue to fight in her honour," Donny told us.\n"She died while fighting for the animals she loved."\nOberoi asks that "in her honour, please consider learning more about a compassionate vegan lifestyle that is based around anti-oppression and anti-exploitation of defenceless animals for human consumption, for entertainment, for fashion and for everyday products."