WINNIPEG – A delegation of seven Manitoba RCMP officers and four Winnipeg police are attending the three slain Mounties’ funeral in Moncton Tuesday.
The seven RCMP officers from D Division are led by assistant commissioner Kevin Brosseau, the division’s commanding officer, and Staff Sgt. Major Wayne Foster. The other five officers all have connections to the slain men or to New Brunswick.
Winnipeg Police Service deputy chief Dave Thorne will attend with three officers who are also directors of the Winnipeg Police Association.
“We’ll be leaving shortly for about a one-mile march,” Thorne said from Moncton on Tuesday morning as thousands of officers mustered for a procession before the funeral. “It is somewhat overwhelming. … It’s quite a sight.”
LIVE COVERAGE: Honouring the fallen in Moncton
Constables Fabrice Georges Gevaudan, 45, Douglas James Larche, 40, and Dave Joseph Ross, 32, were shot dead Wednesday evening after they responded to a report about a man with guns in a Moncton residential neighbourhood. Two other Mounties were injured.
Justin Bourque, 24, faces three charges of first-degree murder and two of attempted murder.
Canadians are being encouraged to wear red Tuesday in support of the fallen officers.
Police and others in Winnipeg paid tribute to the slain Mounties at D Division headquarters on Portage Avenue at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Manitobans can sign a book of condolence that’s been set up in the foyer at D Division HQ, or email condolences to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The RCMP Foundation has also set up a memorial fund in memory of the three slain officers. Donations can be made online.
The Manitoba RCMP officers who are attending the funeral serve in Winnipeg, Steinbach and Portage la Prairie.
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