The small, northern community of La Loche, Sask., is reeling after a shooting that left four dead and multiple others injured on Friday afternoon.
The shooting took place at two locations: La Loche Community School and a home in the 300 block of Dene Crescent.
Approximately 100 members of the community attended a candlelight vigil on Friday evening to mourn those lost.
“Obviously this is every parent’s worst nightmare,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, speaking from Davos, Switzerland. “We all grieve with and stand with the community of La Loche and all of Saskatchewan on this terrible, tragic day.”
Here’s what we know so far about those who lost their lives in the tragic attack:
Marie was the 23-year-old daughter of La Loche’s acting Mayor Kevin Janvier. She was a teacher’s aide at the school.
RCMP told Janvier the gunman is believed to have first shot two of his own siblings before killing Janvier’s daughter. He didn’t know if the shooter personally knew his daughter.
“He shot two of his brothers at his home and made his way to the school,” said Janvier, adding that Marie was his only child. “I’m just so sad.”
Marie’s family members say they’ll miss her charming personality and her smile.
“She was a really good storyteller,” her cousin Patrick Wagenaar told the Saskatoon Star Phoenix, and Sandie Janvier added her cousin was the “sweetest caring person.”
Ashton Lemaigre, a friend of Marie’s, said she loved her new job. He says Janvier was kind and patient with children and talked about getting her teaching degree someday.
Adam was also a teacher at La Loche Community School. He had just moved to the town in September from Uxbridge, Ont., to begin his teaching career, according to the Toronto Star.
“The tragedy at the school in [Saskatchewan] was hard to hear, but it has just been made more difficult to hear knowing a wonderful person I have known since I was young was one of the teachers killed,” wrote one of Adam’s childhood friends on Facebook.
Dayne and Drayden Fontaine
Don Herman, Dayne and Drayden’s uncle, confirmed to CBC News that his two nephews were killed in the shooting.
“They were quiet kids, loving kids,” Herman said, adding that it was hard to talk about.
RCMP have confirmed a male is in custody, and that they have confiscated a weapon. The investigation is ongoing.
Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall promised that necessary crisis support and counselling services would be provided to the community of 3,000.
With files from The Canadian Press
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