Nova Scotia

Condolences pour in for Const. Heidi Stevenson, officer killed during Nova Scotia rampage

Condolences have begun to pour in for RCMP Const. Heidi Stevenson, the 23-year veteran and mother of two who was killed Sunday responding to the Nova Scotia gunman suspected of killing at least 15 other people.

Mother of two died Sunday morning responding to shooting incident

RCMP Const. Heidi Stevenson, who was shot and killed by a gunman Sunday, walks children across a street in a September 2015 photograph from the RCMP in Nova Scotia's Facebook page. (RCMP in Nova Scotia handout via Reuters)

Condolences have begun to pour in for RCMP Const. Heidi Stevenson, the 23-year veteran and mother of two who was killed Sunday responding to the Nova Scotia gunman suspected of killing at least 15 other people.

Stevenson is the only victim whose name had been released as of late Sunday.

"Today is a devastating day for Nova Scotia and it will remain etched in the minds of many, for years to come," the Nova Scotia RCMP's commanding officer, Assistant Commissioner Lee Bergerman, said in a statement late Sunday afternoon.

"What has unfolded overnight and into this morning is incomprehensible, and many families are experiencing the loss of a loved one. That includes our own RCMP family."

Bergerman said she met with Stevenson's family on Sunday afternoon and "there are no words to describe their pain.

"Two children have lost their mother and a husband his wife. Parents lost their daughter and countless others lost an incredible friend and colleague. Heidi's family is a part of our RCMP family and we will embrace and support them in the days, weeks and months ahead."

Stevenson poses for an undated official photo. (RCMP/Reuters)

Condolences arrived from throughout the world of policing and politics.

"Our hearts are heavy with grief and sadness today as we have lost one of our own," Brian Sauve, president of the union representing RCMP officers, said.

Public Safety Minister Bill Blair shared his condolences over all the deaths including Stevenson's.

"Each and every day, our officers work hard to make the world a better place, and they represent the very best of Canada," Blair said in a statement. "Cst. Stevenson will be remembered for her commitment to public service and her dedication to keeping the community safe."

Here's a look at some of the other condolences shared on Twitter:

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