Quebec City pays tribute to victims on first anniversary of deadly sword attack – Saanich News


Officials in Quebec’s capital held ceremonies and urged residents to gather on Sunday to honor the victims and survivors of a deadly sword attack that unfolded a year ago.

The Halloween night attack that rocked the province took place on the historic streets of Quebec City when a man dressed in a medieval costume and wielding a Japanese-style sword was said to be unleashed.

“After the shock, the pain, the sadness and the anger of the past year, we will come together to give more meaning to our lives and our city,” said outgoing mayor of Quebec, Régis Labeaume, in a statement. “We will remember this sad moment, and above all, we will honor the memory of our fellow citizens. “

Hairdresser Suzanne Clermont, 61, and François Duchesne, museum employee, 56, died in the night attack which also left five others injured.

A ceremony was held Sunday afternoon at three different locations in a bustling area of ​​Old Quebec where the rampage took place.

Labeaume spoke during one of these ceremonies, addressing mourners in front of the town hall. He also led a minute of silence in honor of Clermont and Duchesne, saying he hoped to bring some meaning to those whose lives have been affected by the tragedy.

Duchesne’s former employer, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, also paid tribute on Sunday via social media.

The museum said it has developed a series of activities to link art and well-being as part of its “The Art of Human Being” program, noting that this decision was taken in part in tribute to the ‘former employee.

“The whole program invites participants to reconnect with their emotions, in all kindness,” the statement said.

A temporary commemorative plaque will be installed in front of the town hall in memory of Clermont and Duchesne. The city has announced that it will install a permanent one next year in the center of Old Quebec.

Premier François Legault posted a tweet saying that Quebec went through a tragedy that day and sent love and thoughts to all affected.

“A man savagely attacked passers-by who were trying to enjoy their evening in Old Quebec,” wrote Legault. “Today we remember the two victims.”

Carl Girouard of Ste-Thérèse, Que., Was charged with two counts of first degree murder and five counts of attempted murder following the attack. He is currently awaiting trial.

Virginie Ann, The Canadian Press


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