New Brunswick marks one year anniversary of deadly Fredericton shootings
FREDERICTON -- A year after New Brunswick's capital was shaken by a shooting spree that claimed four lives, residents of Fredericton once again honoured the victims to show support for their community.
Hands and Hearts Across the City, an event held just days after the shootings, was repeated today.
"We are doing this because we want to honour those that we lost last August 10th in the tragic shooting on the northside," said organizer Jessica Millier.
Constables Sara Burns and Robb Costello were gunned down when they responded to a call of shots fired. The civilian victims were Donnie Robichaud and Bobbie Lee Wright.
Last year organizers hoped to get enough people to link hands across the Bill Thorpe walking bridge over the St. John River but were overwhelmed when the lines extended along both sides of the river for quite a distance.
Millier said it was important to hold the event again.
"It's more than just honouring the families, it's honouring everyone who was involved," Millier said.
"All the police that were impacted, all the people at the hospital, everyone is still struggling. There are still some people who have not gone back to work because of what happened. There are reasons to come together and show support."
Millier added that while the event is meant as a show of support for families and the community, she also hopes it sends a message to the rest of the world.
"I want everyone to know that this is what the world should be like. This is what cities should be like. When something happens, especially with the gun violence that we see in the world and the crazy stuff that's going on, we need to stand up to that and show the world that it's not OK," she said.
New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs issued a statement Friday afternoon, saluting the "strength, compassion and kindness" shown in response to the killings.
"This terrible incident left the City of Fredericton and our entire province in shock. In some ways, we still are. This is something we never expected to happen in our neighbourhoods, to people we know," Higgs wrote.
"Together, we have grieved. And together, we have begun to heal."
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also tweeted his sympathies to those mourning for the four people slain in Fredericton one year ago today.
Trudeau tweeted, "Today were remember those who were killed and stand with all those whose lives were changed forever.''
Matthew Raymond is charged with four counts of first-degree. He is expected to face trial starting September 30th.
With files from Heather Seaman