‘They were good students’: community mourns La Loche victims at vigil
The tight-knit community of La Loche, Sask., came together to mourn the victims of Friday’s deadly school shooting. People gathered at a vigil at the high school Friday night to pray together, and a small memorial of candles and items has appeared.
A substitute teacher at the school told Global News his cousin was one of the victims.
“[Friday] was a hard day, we have lost family members, friends,” he said. “It affects all of us, not just because I work here, but as a community. Everybody knows each other…”
He said the four people killed consisted of two students, one teacher and one teacher’s assistant.
“The students that were killed today, they were good students.”
Global News also spoke to the aunt of one of the victims who said her nephew was one of the first people injured in the attack.
“Everybody was shocked, like, everybody,” she said in a phone interview.
The boy was airlifted to Saskatoon along with others who were wounded in the incident.
Buckley Belanger, the NDP MLA for the area told Global News he is also upset by the tragedy.
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“La Loche is a great community. They’ve done so many wonderful things and I’ve said to a number of people that the school system in La Loche is a beacon of hope,” Belanger said. “I just pray and I hope everyone prays along with me that everyone else is safe and for those that may have been impacted by this, that there are prayers needed all around.”
The lone male suspect in the shooting is in custody and being questioned by RCMP. Police also said the firearm used in the attack has been confiscated.
Prior to entering the school, the suspected gunman allegedly opened fire at a residence in the area.
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Police have yet to offer a possible motive for the shooting.
With files from Global News
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