(From National Post)

“Right now, La Loche is devastated,” said an emotional First Nation chief after at least four people — including two relatives of the alleged shooter along with a 23-year-old teacher — were killed, two were in critical condition and a suspect was taken into custody after a daytime shooting at the community school in the northern Saskatchewan town in Canada.

Officials stand outside of La Loche Community School after a deadly multiple-shooting Jan. 22

“The community usually pulls together really strong in times like this,” said Clearwater River Dene Nation Chief Teddy Clark on Friday.

“Both in Clearwater and La Loche, a lot of people are in shock. This is something that you only see on TV most of the time.”

Marie Janvier, a 23-year-old teacher, was shot dead by the alleged gunman after shooting two of his relatives, family said.

“He shot two of his brothers at his home and made his way to the school,” said her father Kevin Janvier, adding that Marie was his only child. “I’m just so sad.”

Janvier’s family said they could not believe that Marie had been killed.

“Her smile will light up the room on the darkest day,” said Sandie Janvier in a Facebook message, calling her the “sweetest caring person … We lost a loving sister today.”

Cousin Patrick Wagenaar said he could not have imagined something like that taking place.

“You’d never expect things like that to happen so close to home,” he said.

“She was a really good storyteller, she was really charming. She had really good attention to detail,” he said, fighting back tears.

Those in the remote Dene town of about 3,000 people on the eastern shore of Lac La Loche were left searching for answers and details but found themselves with only more questions in the wake of the shooting, approximately six hours north of Saskatoon. Read More

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