01/01/2015 03:25 EST | Updated 03/03/2015 05:59 EST

Edmonton mass murder autopsies to be performed

Autopsies are being performed today on seven of the eight people killed in the worst mass killing in Edmonton's recent history, as well as the man believed to be responsible.

Six adults, between the ages of 25 and 50, and two children under age 10 were found in two separate Edmonton homes Monday night and early Tuesday morning.

The shooter, identified by sources as 53-year-old Phu Lam, was found dead in a Fort Saskatchewan restaurant on Tuesday morning. It appears he died by suicide.


Phu Lam, 53, was shooter in Edmonton mass murder  

One of the victims — 37-year-old Cyndi Duong — was named by police after her autopsy was completed. Duong was found dead in a south Edmonton home following a weapon complaint Monday evening. 

Police believe Duong was not the intended target of the shooting, saying that the shooter killed seven people in the north Edmonton home before moving to Duong’s house.

'Happy, outgoing'

The Vietnamese Alliance Church remembered Duong in their traditional New Year’s Eve prayer service on Wednesday.

The mother of three was married there and remained active in the church her family helped found in the 1980s.

Relative and friend Jade Nguyen attended the service to pay tribute to Duong and pray for surviving family members.

She wanted people to remember Duong as a loving mother and wife.

“She is very optimistic, happy, outgoing and very generous,” she said while blinking back tears. “Very, very generous."

Outside the north Edmonton home where the seven victims where found, a makeshift memorial with teddy bears, candles and flowers continued to grow on Thursday. 

Anne Nguyen lit incense and said a Buddhist prayer for the victims. At least one of them is believed to have been a practising Buddhist.