Justin Trudeau headed to La Loche

By CKOM News
January 28, 2016 - 11:58am

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to stand beside the residents of La Loche one week after a deadly school shooting in the small northern Saskatchewan community.

On Jan. 22, two brothers, 17-year-old Dayne and 13-year-old Drayden Fontaine, were found dead in their home in La Loche.

The RCMP alleges a 17-year-old, who cannot be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, killed the brothers before heading to the La Loch Community School where he opened fire on students and teachers. Teaching assistant Marie Janvier, 21, and teacher Adam Wood, 35, were killed in the school shooting; seven others were wounded and taken to hospital.

On Thursday three of the seven wounded were released from hospital in Saskatoon.

The tragedy drew political leaders to La Loche including Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall, Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Chief Perry Bellegarde, Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale and Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) Chief Bobby Cameron. All spent the weekend in La Loche, a community about 600 kilometres north of Saskatoon, listening and supporting the town that has a long history of alcoholism and suicide.

Cameron put a call out to schools across Saskatchewan to fly flags at half-mast on Friday at 9 a.m., and hold a moment of silence and prayer to show support and solidarity to the victims and the families affected by the La Loche tragedy.

BattlefordsNOW will have a reporter in La Loche, who will give updates as the visit happens.


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