June 10, 2014 - 12:07 PM
OKANAGAN - The funeral for three Moncton RCMP officers gunned down June 4 took place June 10, with thousands of officers from across the country in attendance and many more paying their respects at locations Canada-wide.
a memorial open to the public was held today in Kelowna while detachments in Penticton and Vernon offered books of condolences for the public sign. The books will be sent to Moncton.
The caskets for the three fallen officers were carried by members of the RCMP, all wearing their red serge uniforms. Mounties and citizens lined the street as the procession moved toward the Moncton Colliseum where the main service was held. The individual religious beliefs of each officer was represented at the service. Prime Minister Stephen Harper spoke. An official RCMP and military service was held followed by a moment of silence.
The Kelowna service at Trinity Baptist Church started at 8:45 a.m. with short speeches followed by live streaming of the service.
RCMP officers, Const. Fabrice Georges Gevaudan, Const. Douglas James Larche and Const. Dave Joseph Ross, were gunned down last Wednesday. Justin Bourque, 24, of Moncton was arrested June 6 and charged with three counts of first degree murder and two counts of attempted murder. Two other RCMP officers were shot June 4 but survived.
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