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Edmonton Shootings Memorial Service Also Recognizes Killer Phu Lam

01/05/2015 11:41 EST | Updated 01/05/2015 11:59 EST

A memorial service at a Buddhist monastery in Edmonton for eight mass-murder victims also remembered the man police believe shot them before he killed himself.

Phap Hoa, abbot at the Truc Lam Monastery, says everyone needs love and they do not push anyone away.

Thuy Tien Truong, 35, Elvis Lam, 8, Thanh Ha Thi Truong, 33, Valentina Nguyen, 3, Thi Dau Le, 55, Van Dan Truong, 55, and Viet Nguyen, 41, were all found dead early Tuesday morning inside a north Edmonton home.

Police say they were shot and killed by 53-year-old Phu Lam.

Cyndi Duong, Lam's eighth victim, was found dead inside her southwest Edmonton home Monday night.

A funeral service for Duong, which will be private, will be held Monday. Hoa says arrangements for funeral services for the other victims were still underway on Sunday.

"The reason things happen is because we cannot embrace each other. So in our practice, even the one who hurt us — why do they hurt? Because they have so much pain, so much problems inside,'' Hoa said.

"If we are able to embrace them, accept them, that is the only way to relieve and release them.''

A special altar at the prayer service with the names of all nine killed was set out with food, in keeping with Vietnamese tradition.

Daryl Vadnais, who has attended the monastery for six years, said the mood inside on Sunday was more sombre than usual. However, he said the community will come together as it always does.

"In Buddhism, it's a lot of thinking about not only you but how you can make the surroundings better. So today will just be a lot of self-reflection and a lot of community-based activities, if you will, to centre around that family and what's happened,'' Vadnais said.

The Edmonton Catholic School Division said in a news release that a critical response team would be on hand when students return to classes at Bishop Greschuk Catholic Elementary School where Elvis Lam was a Grade 3 student.

The news release said the boy's teachers described him as a "quiet and kind student who will be missed tremendously by his peers and the staff.''

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