People who wish to pay their final respects to five of the six victims who were killed last month in the Burkina Faso terrorist attacks, can do so in Quebec City on Thursday evening and Friday.
The families of Yves Carrier, 65, and Gladys Chamberland, 54, their son Charles-Élie Carrier, 21, and Yves' daughter Maude, 37, as well as Louis Chabot have decided to make the visitation and funeral for their loved ones public.
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Frédéric Carrier lost his father, stepmother, brother and sister in the Jan. 15 attacks.
Carrier said he was inspired by his father, Yves, when he decided to make the funeral public.
"My dad's door was always open for anybody."
He said he considers the events his family's "last party," and it would be selfish to not open it to the public.
with Maude or my dad, 'Well you know what, we don't want you to come,' to the students, the children that were in their class? ... The door's open to everybody."
Yves Carrier was vice-principal at Jean-de-Brébeuf high school, and Louis Chabot was a teacher there.
The Carrier family, from Lac-Beauport, Que., left for Africa at the end of December on behalf of the Congrégation des sœurs de Notre-Dame du Perpétuel Secours, a religious congregation based in nine different countries.
Louis Chabot and Suzanne Bernier accompanied them on the humanitarian mission and were also killed during the attacks.
The bodies of all six victims were transported back to Quebec last week.
Carrier told CBC that seeing his family members' bodies brought him closure.
"This morning, I was like, 'Aw, geez, I wish I could go back and see them,' but I can't. That step is behind us," he said. "I'm still having a hard time trying to cope with the idea."
"Out of everybody on earth, why us? There will never be any answer to that."
Carrier said the family organized the joint funeral to include Louis Chabot because the family was very close to him.
"Louis Chabot is almost family ... We vacation together. We go to Maine every spring and fall. He's a very close friend of the family, and they died together so they're going to go through all that together," he said.
The public visitation takes place at Complexe de la Cité on Avenue Le Genrdre in Quebec City on:
- Thursday Feb. 4 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. ET.
- Friday Feb. 5 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. ET.
A statement issued by the family read, "Did you love them? ... You are welcome at the funeral home as well as at the church funeral service."
The funeral service is scheduled to take place in Quebec City on Saturday, Feb. 6 at Très-Saint-Sacrement Church in the suburb of Ste-Foy at 2:30 p.m. ET.
The family said that anyone who wishes to make a donation can give to Casira, a non-profit organization that does humanitarian work in developing nations, including Burkina Faso.
A separate funeral for the sixth victim, Suzanne Bernier, 66, will also be held Saturday.