Families lay victims of N.S. rampage to rest, postpone public services

By Canadian Press

HALIFAX — Families of the 22 people killed in a murderous rampage in Nova Scotia are making arrangements to lay their ones to rest.

Obituaries posted in a local newspaper say close friends and relatives are holding private funeral service for many of the victims.

But some say public celebrations of the lives lost will have to wait until the COVID-19 pandemic is contained.

Many mourners are finding ways to pay their respects within the constraints of physical distancing.

In lieu of a formal funeral service, a memorial motorcade was scheduled to roll past 36-year-old Joe Webber’s home in the Halifax suburb of Wyses Corner on Saturday.

Meanwhile, police in Sudbury, Ont., saluted slain RCMP Const. Heidi Stevenson at a tribute in the public square Friday.

Officers who couldn’t attend because of the 10-person cap on funerals were encouraged to wear red in the Mountie’s honour.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 25, 2020.

The Canadian Press

Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An incorrect date for Joe Webber’s memorial motorcade was used in a previous version.

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