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Moncton shootings: Churches prepare for busy Sunday

06/08/2014 09:56 EDT | Updated 06/16/2017 01:06 EDT
Places of worship are expected to be full in Moncton, N.B., today as residents gather to remember three fallen RCMP officers and two others who are recovering from Wednesday's shooting.

Hillside Baptist Church is planning two identical services Sunday to remember Const. Dave Ross, one of the slain Mounties who attended the church regularly.

St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, which is in the area of the shooting, has opened its doors to the community and is offering counselling to help people cope. It expects a full house on Sunday.

Moncton, a city of about 140,000, is still looking for ways to recover from the shooting and 30-hour manhunt that followed.

Ross, Const. Fabrice Georges Gevaudan and Const. Douglas James Larche were killed in the shooting that kept a large section of Moncton under lockdown as police hunted for a gunman.

Two other officers, Const. Darlene Goguen and Const. Eric Dubois, were injured.

People continue to flock to the Codiac Regional RCMP headquarters in downtown Moncton. The mountain of flowers, teddy bears, candles and notes outside the building is spreading onto the sidewalk and street.

Safe neighbourhood

In a section of the city that was under lockdown, a bike rally was held Saturday to reclaim the neighbourhood. 

"Kids, you need to know that our neighbourhood is just as safe now as it was before the terrible happenings of the last three days," Paul Mann, one of the organizers, told the crowd of children and adults.

Children helped promote the event by handing out flyers.

"People are ready for something like this," Mann said. "Our neighbourhood is not going to be a known as a crime scene."

Justin Bourque, 24, was arrested early Friday. He has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder.

 

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