Event planned Saturday to mark anniversary of Fredericton shootings


A year after New Brunswick's capital was shaken by a shooting incident that claimed four lives, residents are planning to again honour the victims and show support for their community.

Hands and Hearts Across the City, an event held just days after the Aug. 10 shootings, will be repeated Saturday.

Last year organizers, who had hoped to get enough people to link hands across the walking bridge over the St. John River, were overwhelmed when the lines extended along both sides of the river. 

They hope even more people will take part this year.

Organizer Jessica Millier says many of the first responders and others impacted by the tragedy are still having trouble dealing with what happened.

Matthew Raymond is charged with the first-degree murders of Fredericton police constables Sara Burns and Robb Costello and civilians Donnie Robichaud and Bobbie Lee Wright.

His trial is expected to start Sept. 30.