Friday marks the one week anniversary of the deadly shooting in La Loche, Saskatchewan where four people were shot to death January 22nd.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will travel to the north village on Friday, the trip was announced by the Prime Minister’s Office on Thursday.
Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall will visit La Loche with Trudeau, according to the premier’s office, the prime minister asked Wall to attend.
“Looking forward to meeting the families and supporting a community that’s obviously had a terrible, terrible week,” Trudeau told reporters. “We’ll stand with them today, tomorrow, for weeks and months to come.”
This will be Wall’s second visit to La Loche, he travelled to the community of about 3,000 people on Sunday and has pledged to provide support in the form of counselling and covering travel costs for people who want to visit their loved ones in hospital.
Brothers Dayne and Drayden Fontaine, aged 17 and 13 respectively, 35-year-old teacher Adam Wood and 21-year-old educational assistant Marie Janvier have been identified as the four who were killed when a 17-year-old teen allegedly entered the local high school and started shooting. Seven others were sent to hospital.
Classes at local schools have been closed since the shooting. When classes do resume, it’s possible there will be security on site. There are some in the community who want the high school torn down.
The 17-year-old charged in connection with the case can’t be named because of his age. The teen has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder and seven counts of attempted murder.