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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.

Canadians can join through the Facebook group Colchester Supporting Our Community.

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.

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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