La Loche tragedy unfolded: a Saskatchewan town in crisis following school shooting
La Loche, Sask., has a suicide rate three times the national average. Residents say that they need resources to create opportunities to lower suicide and addiction rates.
CBC has been on the ground in La Loche, Sask. since Jan. 22 when a gunman shot 11 people, killing 4
The devastation in La Loche, Sask. this weekend has left a community reeling from the loss of four young people.
Two brothers were gunned down at this home before the school shooting on Friday, January 22.
The suspected shooter, 17, sent this message to his friends.
The brothers are Drayden Fontaine, 13 and Dayne Fontaine, 17.
Shortly before 1 p.m. CST police received frantic calls from La Loche Community School with reports that there was a shooter inside.
Students and teachers ran for safety, many hiding in locker rooms.
Police arrived approximately 10 minutes after the first calls came in. When they arrived, the outside door had been shot and they could see the shooter inside the building.
At 1:15 p.m. CST the shooter surrenders. Eleven people have been shot.
Marie Janvier, 23, an educational assistant, dies on scene.
Adam Wood, a 35-year-old teacher has also been shot. He is rushed to hospital, where he dies from his extensive injuries.
La Loche, a community of 3,000 people, is left in shock.
"I feel like I'm in a nightmare and I want to wake up," said Diane Janvier, the aunt of Marie Janvier.
Many are left wondering how a tragedy like this could have happened.
But La Loche has experienced more than its fair share of loss.
The town has the highest suicide rate in the country, almost three times the national average.
In a four-and-a-half year period from August 2005 to January 2010, 18 people ended their lives in the community, while many more attempted suicide.
Don Herman is mourning the loss of his nephews, Dayne and Drayden Fontaine.
"These two young kids, they didn't even start their life and they're gone," he said.
The country mourns with the community of La Loche, as politicians and community leaders come together.
Premier Brad Wall and Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale arrive and meet with the community.
"It's a good people community. I know that," said one resident."It's only that we need a few things that need to happen."