Burkina Faso victims: Quebec City funeral for 5 of 6 victims open to public
Joint funeral for Carrier family, Louis Chabot will be held on Saturday, Feb. 6 at Très-Saint-Sacrement Church
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.
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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.
Yves Carrier was vice-principal at Jean-de-Brébeuf high school, and Louis Chabot was a teacher there.
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.
- 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.