Relatives of 21-year-old Marie Janvier are mourning the loss of the La Loche Community school teacher’s aid. Janvier has been identified as one of the victims killed in Friday’s mass shooting in La Loche, Saskatchewan. A woman who identified herself as Janvier’s cousin made a heartfelt Facebook status in remembrance of the young woman.
Highschool teacher Adam Wood from Uxbridge, Ont. was also one the victims killed at the school on Friday. Wood had just started teaching in La Loche in September and has been described as an ‘adventurous spirit,’ with a ‘huge heart’. Both Wood and Janvier were shot inside the Dene Building at La Loche Community School that houses grades 7 through 12. Two young brothers Dayne, 17, and Drayden Fontaine, 13, were also killed at a residence.
The 17-year-old male suspect, who was arrested on Friday, has since been charged with four counts of first-degree murder, seven counts of attempted murder, and one count of unauthorized possession of a firearm. RCMP say they still don’t have a motive for the attack and the male suspect cannot be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
Four people were killed and seven wounded in two separate incidents on Friday; one at a residence and the other at the school.
Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall, federal Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale and Assembly of First Nations Chief Perry Bellegarde are scheduled to arrive in La Loche today.
Friday January 22, 2016 – In a statement to the media RCMP Chief Superintendent Maureen Levy said, “members attended the La Loche Community School at the Dene Highschool. Investigators immediately began searching for a suspect and at 1:47 p.m. one male was taken into custody outside of the school and a firearm was secured.”
The school in the aboriginal community of 3,000 houses students from grades seven through to 12.
In his remarks, Trudeau confirmed earlier reports that a suspect was in custody.
“On behalf of all Canadians, Sophie and I offer the families and friends of the victims our deepest condolences on this darkest of days,” a statement issued by Trudeau said. “Our hearts and prayers are also with those injured in the attack, that they may have a full and speedy recovery.”
No details about the suspect, nor the victims have been released, and the local RCMP detachment has said that its officers are “in the preliminary stages of investigation.”
Ken Ladouceur, the division’s director of education, says he received a call from the principal of the school shortly after 1 p.m. MT Friday.
“Words cannot express my shock and sorrow at the horrific events today in La Loche. My thoughts and prayers are with all the victims, their families, and friends and all the people of the community,” Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall said in a Facebook statement Friday afternoon. “Thank you to the RCMP and all the emergency personnel who responded quickly to the shootings. Saskatchewan Education and Social Services will be available to provide all necessary crisis support and counselling services to the school and the community.”
I’m praying for those affected by the shooting at La Loche Community School and thinking about my family members who are at the school.
— GeorginaJoliboisNDP (@GeorginaNDP) January 22, 2016