Simon Villeneuve, one of Leroux's best friends, says Leroux was always there to listen when he was feeling down. "In my heart, I lost a brother," Villeneuve said in an email. Also on Monday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ghislain Picard, chief of the assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador, sent condolences following up on those sent by numerous Quebec politicians and several police forces from across North America. "Police officers risk their lives to keep us safe," Trudeau wrote on Twitter. "My deepest condolences to the family of young Thierry Leroux." Picard offered condolences to the families of victims and lent his support to the mourning community. "This tragedy reminds us once again how much distress can lead to irreparable acts," Picard said in a statement. "We are wholeheartedly thinking about the families, police officers and the grieving communities."
"In my heart, I lost a brother."
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