A family decimated by the stabbing in Saskatchewan broke the silence on Wednesday to pay tribute to a mother who died in heroin and testify to the trauma suffered by her children who witnessed the tragedy.
“Words cannot express the pain that goes through us. What I saw that day, I can't get it out of my head, ”said Mark Arcand.
Flanked by other relatives in front of the media, in Saskatoon, he painted a touching portrait of his sister Bonnie Burns, 48, a mother of four and foster family of two others.
She and her 28-year-old son, Gregory Burns, are among 10 people killed Sunday morning in James Smith Cree Nation and the nearby village of Welson.
“[Bonnie] was an awesome mother, insisted Mark Arcand. Her home was overflowing with love. »
And during the attack, “she tried to protect three of her boys. That's why she's a hero,” Mark Arcand said in a trembling voice.
In order to illustrate the trauma caused by the killing, he offered disturbing details of its unfolding, including the fact that one of the boys survived a stab wound to the neck.
One of them has for his part hid behind a large chair, from where he could see the horrible scene unfold.
Once the ordeal was over, “they had to walk next to [the corpses] of their mother, [another] innocent woman and their brother, lying outside,” said Mark Arcand.
The Burns family is hard hit by the carnage, with an aunt linked to seven of the victims, Arcand said.
“So you can imagine the devastation, what it means for our family. »
The identities of the 10 people killed have been released by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. They range in age from 23 to 78.
Nine members of the James Smith Cree Nation and a 78-year-old man from Weldon were killed in Sunday's killing spree, sources confirm. authorities.
This violent massacre once again demonstrated the great solidarity of the First Nations.
Community centers and organizations in the region collected food, donations and even utensils and plates for the funeral.
An online fundraiser organized by the James Smith Nation quickly exceeded its goal of $100,000.
“We are broken, but not defeated”, assured Mark Arcand.
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