Canada will host a virtual vigil for victims of the mass shooting in Nova Scotia
Canada is still reeling in the aftermath of the tragedy that took place in Portapique, Nova Scotia over the weekend. On Saturday, a lone gunman killed in excess of 19 people in what is now considered to be Canada's deadliest attack in history.
The gunman is now deceased.
Speaking outside of Rideau Cottage on Monday morning, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said, "Violence of any kind has no place in Canada. We stand with you and we grieve with you."
Trudeau said that although the pandemic will prevent Canada from mourning in person, a virtual vigil will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday.
PM: no one man’s action can build a wall between us and a better day. The pandemic will prevent us from mourning in person but there will be a virtual vigil on Friday.— Rosemary Barton (@RosieBarton) April 20, 2020
Canadians can join through the Facebook group Colchester Supporting Our Community.
People have written messages on the Canada Flag outside the RCMP Enfield detachment in memory of Const Heidi Stevenson. pic.twitter.com/UD5jRnSFPy— Carolyn Ray (@carolynraycbc) April 20, 2020
The vigil will celebrate the lives of at least 19 victims, including Cst. Heidi Stevenson, Emily Tuck, Jolene Oliver, Allan Tuck, Lisa McCully, Kristen Beaton and Heather O'Brien.
She shielded us at home for 23 years.— Canadian Forces in 🇺🇸 (@CAFinUS) April 19, 2020
A mother of two. A dear friend.
Constable Heidi Stevenson
Please remember her.
Please say her name. pic.twitter.com/or0C98SLLK
Trudeau asked all media to refrain from mentioning the gunman's name or circulating any images.
"Do not give him the gift of infamy," he said. "Let us instead focus all our intention and attention on the lives we lost and the families and friends who grieve."
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