Canada stands united: #NovaScotiaStrong after deadly shooting spree in the Maritimes

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police reported at least 18 innocent Canadian lives were taken during the tragic killings Sunday in Nova Scotia.

Premier Stephen McNeil: “This is one of the most senseless acts of violence in our province’s history.”

Across our country, Canadians stands united with those who lost loved ones and the front-line officers who helped end the deadly shooting spree.

From the RCMP:

Today is a devastating day for Nova Scotia and it will remain etched in the minds of many, for years to come.

Countless families are in mourning today. Each person who lost their life had family and friends and they too will need support.

The impact of this incident will extend from one end of this province to the other. As Nova Scotians, we have to do what we are known for. And come together in times of need and support one another.

The shooter shall remain nameless.

“I want to ask the media to avoid mentioning the name and showing the picture of the person involved. Do not give him the gift of infamy. Let us instead focus all our intention and attention on the lives we lost and families and friends who grieve,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said.

Thoughts and prayers are with the affected families grieving from the unexpected, sudden tragedy.

“Just how could this happen, we may never know why. No one man’s action can build a wall between us and a better day, no matter how evil, how thoughtless, or how destructive,” Trudeau said. “Canadians are kind and generous, we are there for each other and we look out for one another.”

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic physical distancing measures, a virtual vigil will be held on Friday, April 24 at 7 p.m. to celebrate the lives of the victims through the Facebook group Colchester Supporting our Communities.

Justin Dunk is a football insider, sports reporter and anchor.