Hundreds turn up for vigil in La Loche, Sask.
Candles still flicker in front of the school on Saturday morning
A small community in northern Saskatchewan is in mourning after shootings at two locations — including a school — left four people dead.
Many of the larger candles lit Friday night during a vigil outside of the La Loche Community School continued to flicker Saturday morning. Dozens of candles were left to burn on a fence surrounding the parking lot and in the snow.
"Everyone is affected by this in this community," CBC reporter Devin Heroux said of the community of about 3,000 people.
Hundreds of community members came out for vigils Friday night outside the school and at a local church to mourn the victims.
People have also been reaching out on social media to express their condolences.
As someone who has taught in the North & knows how tight knit our communities are my heart goes out to all affected by <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LaLoche?src=hash">#LaLoche</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Skteachers?src=hash">#Skteachers</a>—@Jess_N85
Prayers for all affected by this senseless act ❤️ <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PrayforSaskatchewan?src=hash">#PrayforSaskatchewan</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PrayforLaLoche?src=hash">#PrayforLaLoche</a> 🇨🇦 <a href="https://t.co/UWnDWoakwQ">pic.twitter.com/UWnDWoakwQ</a>—@SandyMeee
Condolences to <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LaLoche?src=hash">#LaLoche</a>. <a href="https://t.co/8jKzl0D7rp">pic.twitter.com/8jKzl0D7rp</a>—@NoraCserny
Provincial political leadership, including Premier Brad Wall and NDP Leader Cam Broten, also sent out their condolences.
I'm in La Loche today to grieve with the community. I lived here as a very little boy and it's always held a special place in my heart.—@cambroten
Statement on today's events in La Loche: <a href="https://t.co/utAQYfqUZp">https://t.co/utAQYfqUZp</a>—@PremierBradWall
Canadian professional tennis player Milos Raonic sent his thoughts to the community.
With today's incident back home in Canada, a fatal shooting at a school, no one is a winner. I… <a href="https://t.co/LQn5G0hAuQ">https://t.co/LQn5G0hAuQ</a>—@milosraonic