THE CANADIAN PRESS -- MONTREAL - TROIS-RIVIERES, Que. - The bystander who was killed by a police bullet in Montreal last week was described as talented and generous by those who gathered to pay their last respects today.
Along with family and friends, about two dozen of Patrick Limoges' coworkers from Montreal's St. Luc hospital made the trip to Trois Rivieres for his funeral.
Limoges was heading to his job at a Montreal hospital Tuesday when he was shot as police fired at a man who allegedly threatened them with a knife.
Many of those interviewed said they don't blame police for what happened.
But a man who said he was Limoges' boss, who asked not to be identified, questioned the actions of officers.
In an open letter, he wrote that security guards at his hospital regularly deal with agitated people and manage to control them without guns.
At the visitation earlier in the day, flowers surrounded Limoges' square black and gold urn as tears and hugs were shared among those who visited the funeral home.
A note on one bouquet read: "You who were so talented and so generous, paid with your life for the folly of men."
Limoges, who was 36, was born in Trois-Rivieres and later moved to Montreal.
Both Limoges and Mario Hamel who allegedly attacked police with a knife, died of gunshot wounds.
A small group of mourners gathered in Montreal on Saturday to remember Hamel, a 40-year-old mentally ill, homeless man who lived in a downtown shelter.
The investigation into the incident has been handed over to Quebec provincial police.