Officers, firefighters march in honour of Moncton slain
Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officers and Cranbrook Fire and Emergency Services members formed in the Tamarack Mall parking lot this morning (June 10) and marched to the Cranbrook Alliance Church to watch a live-streaming via CBC of the funeral for the three officers killed in Moncton, NB June 4.
About 24 RCMP officers and 20 CFES members took part in the march.
About 2,700 police officers from around the continent, including two from the Columbia Valley RCMP Detachment, attended the ceremony and funeral in Moncton this morning.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper said the nation is experiencing a “profound sadness and searing grief” from this senseless loss.
“Together we struggle for answers, we ask what in God’s name happened here and why? We may never know. When we search for reason and meaning in actions so intrinsically vile and senseless, we search in unlikely places,” he said.
Nation-wide, citizens were requested to wear red in honour of Constables Fabrice Georges Gevaudan, Dave Joseph Ross and Douglas James Larche.
Also attending the funeral Mounties were the two officers wounded in the shootings, constables Éric Stéphane J. Dubois and Marie Darlene Goguen.
Justin Bourque, 24, has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder, following a massive manhunt that ended June 6.
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