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Quotes from wives, RCMP and defence after Justin Bourque was sentenced

10/31/2014 04:21 EDT | Updated 12/31/2014 05:59 EST
MONCTON, N.B. - Here is some of what was said outside the Court of Queen's Bench after Justin Bourque was sentenced Friday to life in prison with no parole eligibility for 75 years for killing three RCMP officers and wounding two others in Moncton:

"I choose to continue to fill my heart with love. I choose not to give any space to feelings of anger, hatred, fear and resentment towards anyone. I understand that if I did, I would only be contributing to the driving forces behind these kinds of acts." — Angela Gevaudan, wife of slain Const. Fabrice Gevaudan.

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"This event was so senseless I wish that it had never happened, that no lives had been lost. I miss my husband every minute of every day and he cannot be replaced. Austin and Hunter will be able to remember their dad as a true hero who ran to face danger to protect us all. He will never be forgotten and your sacrifice will never be forgotten. I love you Dave." — Rachael Ross, wife of slain Const. Dave Ross.

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"My dear Doug, I spent the 17 happiest years of my life with you. Although life will never be the same, I know you are watching and I want you to know that our girls will grow up knowing that their daddy was an incredible man and a hero." — Nadine Larche, wife of slain Const. Douglas Larche.

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"I just hope and pray that nobody in my position or no other police officers will have to live through this again." — Assistant commissioner Roger Brown, the commanding officer for the RCMP in New Brunswick.

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"I agree with the Crown that it is one of the most heinous crimes in the history of Canada, if not the most. Mr. Bourque, as I said, he was a young fella who was lost in society and here in New Brunswick we see so many young people like this. We live in an age where everything is on the Internet and Mr. Bourque got himself immersed in right-wing, gun-nut culture." — defence lawyer David Lutz.