Two educators who had just begun their careers and two teenagers who had their lives ahead of them were gunned down Friday in La Loche, Sask., where a 17-year-old is in custody facing four charges of first-degree murder.
The teens, brothers Dayne and Drayden Fontaine, aged 17 and 13 respectively, were found shot in a home in the small village in northern Saskatchewan.
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Marie Janvier, 21, who worked as an assistant in the local high school, died when the alleged shooter entered the building around 1 p.m. CST Friday and opened fire.
Teacher Adam Wood, 35, was also shot and died at the local health centre. Seven other people in the school were wounded in the encounter with the shooter which lasted about 15 minutes before RCMP officers arrived and were able to chase down and subdue the teen, who cannot be named because of his age.
"Her smile was so beautiful," Kaleisha Janvier, a cousin to Marie, told CBC News recalling the time she saw her in school. "She was so happy. I saw her smile. I walked past her and said 'hi.' That was the last time."
Another cousin, Patrick Wagenaar, spoke about how Marie was "charming" and well-liked in the community.
"She was a great storyteller, she was kind," he said.
Wood had just joined the school in September, family in Ontario said Saturday in a statement adding that he was enjoying himself as he embarked on a new career.
"Adam was quite an adventurer, had a passion for life, and would often make you laugh until your stomach hurt. He was always up for a good challenge and lived each day joyously," the statement said.
Wood, originally from Uxbridge, Ont., was an avid outdoorsman who combined his love of recreation and education in studies at Lakehead University, in Thunder Bay, Ont.
"He was very dedicated to other people," Brian McIntosh, a family friend, told CBC News.
Brothers were 'quiet, loving kids'
In La Loche, Don Herman said news that his nephews Dayne and Drayden Fontaine were killed was difficult to hear.
Herman described the young boys as "quiet, loving kids."
"These two young kids, they didn't even start their life and they're gone," he said.