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‘Here is there’: B.C. poet writes about fatal Penticton shootings

Police tape is seen outside of a home after a shooting spree in Penticton, B.C., on Monday, April 15, 2019. Two men and two women were killed in what one police officer called a "very dark day" for the city.
Police tape is seen outside of a home after a shooting spree in Penticton, B.C., on Monday, April 15, 2019. Two men and two women were killed in what one police officer called a "very dark day" for the city. Darren Sweet / The Canadian Press

A B.C. poet has penned a somber poem about Monday’s shooting spree in Penticton that claimed the lives of four people.

On Monday, Shane Koyczan of Penticton posted the poem on social media. The 35-line work, as of Tuesday afternoon, had more than 1,000 shares on his Facebook page.

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“The town I live in is small. Maybe 34,000 people? It’s not tiny, but because it sits between two big lakes, there’s no room for it to grow any bigger,” Koyczan said in his Facebook post.

“I’m okay with that. I like to live in a small place. I can ride my bike from one end of town to the other in 20 minutes. I can walk the street at night without my mind racing to collide with fear.

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“Small places often feel removed from the rest of the issues that plague the world. We busy ourselves with yard work and watch the news thinking that the worst of it ‘could never happen here.'”

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Koyczan added “[Monday] 4 people were killed by a shooter in our small town. A place where violence like that could never happen.

“We were told to stay in our homes while streets were closed off and locked down. We waited for updates while we could still hear the helicopter circling overhead.”

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Click here for the link to Koyczan’s poem.

For more about Shane Koyczan, visit his website.

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