La Loche shooting: Church service held in town where 4 killed
Hundreds attend service as northern community grieves Jan. 22 tragedy
Sunday church services are generally well attended in La Loche, Sask., but this week it was standing room only at Our Lady of the Visitation.
A steady stream of worshippers filed into the tiny building, two days after fatal shootings wracked the northern community of about 3,000.
"Didn't sleep much, all night," said Albertine Janvier, who spoke to a CBC reporter before going in.
"I was just crying, and then phoned my friends, talked to them and I feel better."
Archbishop met with families of victims, family of suspect
Archbishop Murray Chatlain said after the shootings, he wanted to remind its residents the village is made up of "tremendously generous people."
Chatlain says he has met with the victims' family as well as the family of the 17-year-old boy who is charged with four counts of first-degree murder, seven counts of attempted murder and unauthorized possession of a firearm.
The church is about a kilometre away from La Loche Community School, where teacher Adam Wood, 35, and teaching assistant Marie Janvier, 21, were shot and killed.
Brothers Dayne and Drayden Fontaine, aged 17 and 13 respectively, were killed at a home in town the same day.
Seven other people are in hospital in Saskatoon recovering from injuries.
The 17-year-old who has been charged is scheduled to make a first appearance on the charges Monday at 9:30 a.m. CST in Meadow Lake.
With files from Canadian Press