A virtual vigil will be held online today for the victims of the tragic mass shooting that took place in Nova Scotia this past weekend.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the vigil which is happening today, Friday, April 24th when he addressed the tragedy, which has come at an already difficult time for Canadians and for the world.
Nova Scotia RCMP confirmed on Tuesday that the death toll from the shooting is now at 22.
The victims include a 17-year-old, a pregnant health care worker and a veteran Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officer.
“Among them, a woman in uniform whose job it is to protect lives, even if it endangers her own – Constable Heidi Stevenson of the RCMP,” said Trudeau in his address.
“Constable Stevenson died protecting others. She was answering the call of duty, something she had done every day when she went to work for 23 years.”
Trudeau went on to discuss how the events took place in Portapique, Truro, Milford, and Enfield, which are small towns in which everyone knows their neighbours.
“Now these communities are in mourning and Canada is in mourning with them,” said Trudeau.
“Violence of any kind has no place in Canada. We stand with you and we grieve with you.”
A minute of silence was also held earlier today across Canada at 10 a.m. to honour Cst. Heidi Stevenson, and all of the lives lost in the Nova Scotia shooting. The Prime Minister has also asked everyone to wear red today in their honour.
The virtual vigil is set to take place tonight, April 24th at 7 p.m. AST (3 p.m. PST), for Canadians to come together as a country and honour the lives lost.
It will be available for viewing online through the Facebook group Colchester Supporting Our Community.
— West Shore RCMP (@WestshoreRCMP) April 24, 2020