Messages of hope and love overflow in Fredericton

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Story by CBC Kids News • 2018-08-10 15:47

Residents responded quickly to show local police their support

Within just a few hours of a deadly shooting in Fredericton, the flags at the police station were lowered to half-mast as a sign of solidarity.

“We love you! Our brothers and sisters in blue! Thank you for all that you do,” read one sign.

Another one said, “Fredericton Police Force, your city has your back.”

People also dropped off flowers and piled them on the concrete sign in front of the station.

What happened?

In total, four people died, including two police officers.

The suspect was apprehended and is in police custody.

Police are investigating.

Where is Fredericton, N.B.?

Fredericton is the capital of New Brunswick.

With a population of about 58 thousand people, it’s one of the smallest provincial capitals in the country.

A map showing where Fredericton is in Canada

What are people saying?

People across the country posted messages of love and support on Twitter.

Tweet from Paula Corcoran: Love & prayers for strength and healing for all those suffering in #Fredericton today after such a horrific event. This was my home for 7 years and still have many friends and family there. Thinking of you all #freddystrong #frederictonstrong

Tweet from David Myles: Thinking of my hometown this morning. Stay safe everyone and thank you to the first responders and the brave men and women of the @CityFredPolice. #Fredericton

Tweet from Stephanie Hakim: My thought and prayers are with everyone affected by this tragedy in #Fredericton. To the fallen police officers and to all first responders, thank you for always putting your lives on the line to protect us. All of #Canada is behind you during this horrible time.

Who can I talk to?

The New Brunswick government suggested anyone who was feeling stressed by the situation to reach out to friends and family.

The province also offers health services by phone to people feeling distressed or overwhelmed.

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