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David Wynn funeral in St. Albert to honour slain RCMP officer

01/25/2015 10:20 EST | Updated 03/27/2015 05:59 EDT
Thousands of people will pack into a small church in Alberta Monday afternoon to say goodbye to a Mountie killed in the line of duty.

Beginning at 12 p.m. MT, members of the RCMP from across the country will take part in a procession for Const. David Wynn, leading his body through the streets of St. Albert, Alta., and into Servus Credit Union Place for the regimental funeral.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Alberta Premier Jim Prentice are expected to attend.

- Live coverage of the funeral begins at 1:30 p.m. MT on CBC NN and CBCNews.ca. 

Wynn never regained consciousness after being shot in the head while confronting a man over a suspicious vehicle early on Jan.19 in a  casino in St. Albert, a city just northwest of Edmonton.

The officer, who friends say moved from Nova Scotia to Alberta to pursue his "lifelong" dream of working for the RCMP, died in hospital four days later.

Wynn and another RCMP officer, Aux. Const. Derek Bond, were both shot after a routine licence plate check led to the confrontation. Bond was released from the hospital and is recovering at home.

Shawn Rehn, the man responsible for the shooting, was found dead several hours later in a rural home.

RCMP 'family from coast to coast'

Const. Darrell Laboucan will be among those marching through the streets. The 25-year-old RCMP officer from Slave Lake, Alta. didn’t know Wynn personally, but knew he wanted to be a part of the procession to honour the Mountie.

"You have that uniform on, you wear that red serge, you’re just part of a big family from coast to coast," he said.

"I can tell you a fact that if I was in Constable Wynn’s situation now, he would be there for me. Just as any RCMP member would be there for each other."

Laboucan said the RCMP officers are often the bearer of bad news and become targets of negative reaction. He says Wynn’s shooting provides a harsh reminder of the dangers of the job.

"These days, there are no more routine calls. There’s a lot of unpredictability," he said.

Wynn, who had three sons, volunteered at schools in St. Albert. He was popular among students at Keenooshayo Elementary School, where he was involved with the school’s D.A.R.E drug prevention program.

Laboucan, who is also training to teach D.A.R.E programs, said he feels a close connection with the slain officer and his work in St. Albert.

"Everything I’ve heard about Constable Wynn has been nothing short of magnificent," he said. "As much as it is unfortunate that [he] has passed, we’re going to carry his memory on."

CBC will have live coverage of the funeral, on CBC Television and streamed online at CBC.ca, beginning at 1:30 p.m. MT/ 3:30 p.m. ET.

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