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Condolence book leaving for Moncton

By: Amy Crofts

  |  Posted: Saturday, Jun 28, 2014 06:00 am

THOUGHTS FOR MONCTON – A book of condolences that’s been available to local residents will be sent to Moncton, where three RCMP officers were killed earlier this month.
THOUGHTS FOR MONCTON – A book of condolences that’s been available to local residents will be sent to Moncton, where three RCMP officers were killed earlier this month.
AMY CROFTS/St. Albert Gazette

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Send well wishes via web:

Messages of condolence can also be sent to: condolences_condoleances@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

The RCMP Foundation has set up the Moncton Fallen RCMP Members Memorial Fund at: http://www.canadahelps.org/dn/18850

Cheques can be sent by mail to:
RCMP Foundation 203-2460 Lancaster Road Ottawa, Ont. K1B 4S5

Cheques should be made out to The RCMP Foundation with Moncton Fallen RCMP Members Fund specified in the memo field.

The condolence book at the St. Albert RCMP detachment will be available to sign until noon on Saturday.

Local RCMP and the Connelly-McKinley Funeral Home compiled the book with the names and photos of the three RCMP officers who were killed in Moncton, N.B. on June 4.

Const. Dave Joseph Ross, Const. Fabrice Georges Gevaudan and Const. Douglas James Larche were shot and killed after responding to a report of a heavily armed man walking in a residential neighbourhood in the north end of Moncton.

After a more than 24-hour manhunt that put the city into lockdown, police arrested the lone gunman Justin Bourque.

The 24-year-old has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder after two other RCMP officers were injured during the shooting.

The detachment has received many calls from people all over Alberta wishing to send their thoughts and prayers to the grieving families, said Cpl. Laurel Kading with St. Albert RCMP.

As of Friday afternoon, 13 double-sided pages of the book were filled with heartfelt messages.

Many of the messages were from locals in St. Albert, Morinville and Sturgeon County. Others came from as far away as Barrhead and Darwell.

Some notes were written in French. Others, by children.

“We really appreciate the effort people have made to come down to the detachment because their well wishes sent to Moncton have also bolstered the RCMP in St. Albert,” said Kading.

The book of condolences will be sent to the Moncton detachment after this weekend and will then be given to the officers’ families.

The Moncton shooting has been described as one of the worst multiple-murder shootings in Canadian history, rivalling the 2005 Mayerthorpe shooting where four Mounties were murdered.

RCMP are conducting an internal investigation to prevent a similar incident from happening again. There are no plans for a public inquiry.

As reported by CBC, Bourque is scheduled to make his next court appearance on July 3.


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