Speakers Express Compassion at Yarmouth Vigil

Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 06:37 AM

Last night, about one hundred people gathered in front of Yarmouth town hall.

They stood solemnly, holding candles to pay tribute to the Quebec City mosque attack victims on Sunday.

Vigil organizer Leslie Robinson began the evening with remarks.

"We all share in the grief and sadness of those directly affected by this senseless act of violence."

Yarmouth MLA Zach Churchill was one of several speakers during the 20 minute vigil.

"It's always difficult to contemplate these terrible acts and I know that all of us here will never, ever understand
what can drive someone or people to these acts of terrible violence and atrocity."

Churchill says it's important to mourn those who were murdered and to pray for those injured.

Steve Paquette of Yarmouth shared his experience with the Muslim community abroad.

"No matter where I was when it was suppertime, the closest Muslim person would invite me to dinner...everytime.
I never in all my travels around the world, have ever seen a culture so rooted in hospitality."

Mayor Pam Mood condemned the violent attack.

"This community, this country, is not what happened last night. This country and this community is about inclusiveness.
It's about solidarity. It's about caring for each other regardless of race or religion or creed or anything else."

A lone gunman shot and killed six people at a mosque Sunday night and wounded several others.

He was captured and is facing six counts of first degree murder and five counts of attempted murder.