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Friday, June 6, 2014

Prayers for Moncton

Today we all sigh a collective sigh of relief as the events of the last few days finally come to a close. I admit it has been very difficult to focus on anything except the tragic events as they unfolded and sleep has been difficult. I found myself glued to the news broadcasts and to Facebook, trying to learn what I could about any new developments in my adopted town.

My nature is such that I constantly ask myself, what if? what could have been done? why did no one recognize the forerunners in this person’s personality and habits? I have to wonder what the triggers were for this young man and what made him feel what he did was necessary. I wonder how his life’s path might have been altered to avoid his actions, the terror he evoked, the lives he took. I wonder what his life will be now. And why he lives when three others died at his hands..

I also have to admit that although he was finally apprehended in a non-violent manner, I was initially discontented. The fact that he lives will be a constant reminder that others do not because of his violent and senseless actions.

My heart goes out to the families, friends and colleagues of the three fallen officers. Their lives have been forever altered, their grief is immense, their loss is immeasurable. 


  1. What Comes Next?June 6, 2014 at 12:20 PM

    such a terrible tragedy. I was so glad to hear that he had been caught, but your questions are oh so valid. I only hope that some learning comes out of this to avoid it happening again. My heart is with the families that have suffered such losses as well.

  2. Jennifer Scantlebury VienneauJune 7, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    It is just such a senseless tragedy..the shock of it all has reverberated throughout Canada.

  3. Well said Jennifer. The loss will be felt for a long time, not just by the officers' families, friends and colleagues but by the city, province and country. The fact that the perpetrator was caught and locked up has been a relief to everyone except perhaps this troubled young man who probably wishes one of his targets had shot him dead! I grieve also for the shooter's family! How devastating this must be for them!