TORONTO – An Uxbridge, Ont. man is among the four victims killed in a shooting in Saskatchewan, his family has confirmed.
Teacher Adam Wood was shot and killed in a deadly rampage in the small town of La Loche on Friday afternoon.
“Our family, Adam’s partner, friends and community are devastated by the news that Adam Wood was a victim in the La Loche shooting,” the family said in a statement.
Wood and fellow La Loche Community School employee Marie Janvier were among the victims in Friday’s shootings which left four dead and an unknown number of others wounded.
Friend Jeffrey Jackson said Wood was a funny, “deeply religious” man who used to go door-to-door distributing hundreds of Christmas cards to all his friends in Uxbridge.
“He has lots of friends. He was just a really, really good person that would do anything for anybody. And my initial reaction was, ‘Why him, because he was so good to so many people.’ And you wouldn’t meet a nicer guy ever.”
The shootings took place at two locations, first at a residence near the school, then the school itself.
Police arrested a 17-year-old male at the school. He is now charged with four counts of first-degree murder, seven counts of attempted murder and one count of unauthorized possession of a firearm. He is expected to make his first court appearance next week.
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“Adam had just begun his teaching career in La Loche last September and was enjoying his time. Adam was quite an adventurer, had a passion for life, and would often make you laugh until your stomach hurt,” the statement said. “He was always up for a good challenge and lived each day joyously.”
“Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of the other victims, the community of La Loche and everyone who is affected by this tragedy.”