A vigil will be held in Surrey tonight to remember the lives lost in a suicide bombing in Pakistan this weekend.
The death toll from the massive bombing targeting Christians gathered on Easter in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore, rose to 70 on Monday.
It took place in a park that was crowded with families, with many women and children among the victims. At least 300 people were wounded in the bombing.
Haroon Khan, president of the Pakistan Canada Association, told Global News this morning the bombing came as a shock to the community.
“It’s a truly devastating blow,” says Khan. “Seeing so many young children and their mothers killed, it’s very difficult to see and bear.”
A breakaway Taliban faction that has publicly supported the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack.
On Monday, Pakistan started observing a three-day mourning period that was declared after the attack.
The Surrey vigil will take place at Holland Park at 13428 Old Yale Road, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. tonight.
For more information on the event, go here.
With files from the Associated Press