Nova Scotia

Here are the victims of Nova Scotia's mass shooting

The death toll from the one of the deadliest mass killings in Canadian history includes a veteran of the RCMP, an elementary school teacher, two health care workers, among others. 

Nova Scotia grieves at loss of lives in shooting that claimed the lives of 22 people

The death toll from the one of the deadliest mass killings in Canadian history includes a veteran of the RCMP, an elementary school teacher, two health care workers, among others.

The RCMP said 22 people are dead after a gunman, who at one point wore a police uniform and drove a mock-up police cruiser, went on a rampage spanning several rural Nova Scotia communities.

RCMP have not named any victims. CBC is working to identify victims through family, friends and official sources while trying to ensure next of kin have been notified before publishing their names.

Heidi Stevenson

Const. Heidi Stevenson was identified Sunday by the RCMP as the officer killed while responding to the call about an active shooter. She was a 23-year veteran of the force and a mother of two children, one in Grade 6 and the other in Grade 8. 


Lisa McCully

Lisa McCully was a teacher at Debert Elementary School in Debert, N.S., the provincial teachers union said late Sunday. McCully was a longtime teacher at the school and a mother of two who lived in Portapique, N.S.

(Lisa McCully/Facebook)

Sean McLeod and Alanna Jenkins

Sean McLeod was a Corrections Canada employee at Springhill Institution, a federal prison in Springhill, N.S. He lived in West Wentworth, a community roughly 50 kilometres north of Portapique.

Alanna Jenkins was a Corrections Canada employee at the Nova Institution for Women in Truro, N.S. She lived with McLeod in West Wentworth and was also found dead in the home Sunday morning after a fire broke out and people heard gunshots.

(Taylor McLeod via The Canadian Press)

Emily Tuck, Jolene Oliver, Aaron Tuck 

Jolene Oliver, 40, was originally from Calgary, according to her sister. She met 45-year-old Aaron Tuck, a mechanic, while working as a waitress in Alberta. The couple and their 17-year-old daughter, Emily Tuck, moved to Nova Scotia two years ago to be closer to Aaron Tuck's mother, who was sick. They lived in Portapique.

(Tammy Oliver-McCurdie via The Canadian Press)

Jamie and Greg Blair

Greg and Jamie Blair, a married couple, have been confirmed by family to be among the victims. A Facebook page appearing to belong to Greg Blair shows he worked as a gas fitter at G.B Gas & Energy.

(Kelly Blair via The Canadian Press)

Corrie Ellison

Corrie Ellison lived in Truro, N.S., but was visiting his father in Portapique when he was killed. Ellison, 42, was remembered Monday as a thoughtful, kind friend who went out of his way to help others.

(Ashley Fennell via The Canadian Press)

Gina Goulet

Gina Goulet, a 54-year-old who lived in Shubenacadie, N.S., battled cancer twice before her life was taken on Sunday, her daughter Amelia Butler told The Canadian Press.

Goulet worked as a denturist for 27 years, but Butler couldn't say whether she knew the shooter, who worked in the same field. 

(Annette Fisher via The Canadian Press)

Tom Bagley

Tom Bagley was a neighbour who was passing by the scene of the Hunter Road explosion in West Wentworth when he was shot and killed Sunday morning, according to neighbour Lisa Owen. Bagley's daughter, Charlene Bagley, posted on Facebook that her dad had died trying to help others.

(Charlene Bagley/Facebook)

Kristen Beaton

Kristen Beaton was a young wife and mother who worked as a continuing-care assistant.

She worked for the Victorian Order of Nurses for nearly six years, and was a compassionate and caring member of the team, said a news release.

(Submitted by Gena Morrisey-Priest)

Joey Webber

A young father of three daughters, Joey Webber went out to run an errand for his family on Sunday morning, according to a GoFundMe page.

The post said Webber was missing for several hours before the family learned he was one of the victims.

(GoFundMe/The Canadian Press)

John Joseph Zahl and Elizabeth Joanne Thomas

Elizabeth Joanne Thomas and John Joseph Zahl are presumed dead.

They moved to Portapique for retirement in 2017 from Albuquerque, N.M., their son Justin Zahl said. He said his father, in his late 60s, was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, and his mother, in her late 50s, was originally from Winnipeg.

(Submitted by Justin Zahl)

Lillian Campbell Hyslop

Lillian Campbell Hyslop lived in the Wentworth area. Her longtime walking partner and neighbour, Heather Matthews, has confirmed Hyslop was killed while out for a walk in the Wentworth Valley on Sunday morning.


Dawn Madsen and Frank Gulenchyn

The wife and husband were long-time residents of the Durham region in southern Ontario, according to a news release from the Regional Municipality of Durham.

Dawn Madsen was an employee at Hillsdale Terraces long-term care home for decades and retired in 2019. No information was shared about her husband, Frank Gulenchyn.

(Jon Farrington/Facebook)

Heather O'Brien

Heather O'Brien was a licensed practical nurse, a wife, mother and grandmother who lived in Masstown, N.S. She worked for the Victorian Order of Nurses for nearly 17 years. In a news release Monday, the VON said O'Brien deeply cared for others. She's survived by her husband of 35 years, six children, two stepchildren and 12 grandchildren.

(Heather O'Brien/Facebook)

Joy and Peter Bond

Family members posted several tributes to Joy and Peter Bond on Facebook, identifying them as victims of the shooting rampage. 

They are survived by two adult sons. 

(Rhonda Ramsay/Facebook)

If you are seeking mental health support during this time, here are resources available to Nova Scotians.