The remote Nunavut community of Cambridge Bay isstruggling to cope with the aftermath of a triple murder on the weekend, Mayor Michelle Gillis says.
"Anytime you have a homicide case, it's going to be very difficult to have to deal with," Gillis said in an interview Tuesday.
But while it's a tough time for the community, she said, her priority is making sure the victim's families get the support they need.
"I mean I can't imagine what the family is going through right now."
Dean Costa, Kevin Komaksiut and Keith Atatahak, all in their 20s, were shot andkilled and two other people were wounded in the early Saturday morning shooting outside a home in the Nunavut community.
Christopher Raymond Bishop, 21, has been charged withthree counts of first-degree murder andtwo counts of attempted murder.Bishop moved to Cambridge Bay from Yellowknife last June and was working for the Nunavut Power Corp.
Resident Harry Maksagak said it's tragic to lose three young men in the prime of the lives, one who was a father of two young children.
"The part that really breaks my heart is there's little babies involved here," Maksagak told CBC News. "There's two little ones that have lost their father and it's going to be very difficult for them to understand what happened."
Although resident Vicki Aitaok is still shocked by the degree of violence, she still thinks Cambridge Bay is a safe place to live and raise her family.
The bodies of the victims, which were kept outsidefor two days before the weather allowed investigators to fly in to examine the crime scene, have now been sent out for autopsies.
Bishop is scheduled to appear in an Iqaluit court Friday.