Humboldt Broncos 1st year memorial service planning underway

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The City of Humboldt has started planning for a sombre anniversary.

The city said in a Facebook post that preliminary planning is underway for a memorial service on the first anniversary of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash.

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Sixteen people were killed and 13 injured when the team’s bus crashed into a semi on April 6, 2018, at an intersection in eastern Saskatchewan.

The city said the Humboldt Broncos 1st Year Memorial Service will “pay tribute to those who lost their lives and honour those that survived the … tragedy.”

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Representatives of the 2017-18 Humboldt Broncos families, the team, and the Humboldt Ministerial Association are collaborating with the city.

The service is planned to take place the afternoon of April 6 at Elgar Petersen Arena.

Organizers are wanting the service to be viewed by everyone affected by the tragedy.

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The city said more details will be released as planning progresses.

The memorial service will take place 15 days after sentencing of the semi-truck driver.

Jaskirat Singh Sidhu pleaded guilty in January to 16 counts of dangerous driving causing death and 13 counts of dangerous driving causing bodily harm.

Sidhu accepted full responsibility for what happened on the day of the crash during his sentencing hearing and apologized to the families for taking “the most valuable things of your life.”

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The Crown is seeking a 10-year prison term, and a 10-year driving ban upon his release.

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Sidhu’s lawyer, Mark Brayford, did not offer a clear sentencing recommendation, but stated probation would not be appropriate.

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