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Remembering the Montreal Massacre

Memorial University engineering student Jenna Walsh lights a candle in remembrance of the 14 women who were shot and killed on Dec. 6, 1989 at Montreal’s École Polytechnique. Their names were read aloud at a vigil Thursday evening at Memorial University’s S.J. Carew Building. Twelve of the women killed were engineering students. Walsh wore a T-shirt bearing a picture of her cousin, Cortney Lake, who went missing in June 2017 and whose disappearance is classified as a homicide by the RNC. Lake’s body has not been found, and the only suspect in the case is her former boyfriend, Philip Smith, who killed himself in November 2017.
Memorial University engineering student Jenna Walsh lights a candle in remembrance of the 14 women who were shot and killed on Dec. 6, 1989 at Montreal’s École Polytechnique. Their names were read aloud at a vigil Thursday evening at Memorial University’s S.J. Carew Building. Twelve of the women killed were engineering students. Walsh wore a T-shirt bearing a picture of her cousin, Cortney Lake, who went missing in June 2017 and whose disappearance is classified as a homicide by the RNC. Lake’s body has not been found, and the only suspect in the case is her former boyfriend, Philip Smith, who killed himself in November 2017. - Juanita Mercer

The names of the 14 women who were shot and killed on Dec. 6, 1989 at Montreal’s École Polytechnique were read aloud at a vigil at Memorial University’s S.J. Carew building Thursday evening.

Twelve of the women killed were engineering students: Geneviève Bergeron, Hélène Colgan, Nathalie Croteau, Barbara Daigneault, Anne-Marie Edward, Maud Haviernick, Maryse Leclair, Anne-Marie Lemay, Sonia Pelletier, Michèle Richard, Annie St-Arneault, and Annie Turcotte. Maryse Laganière was an employee of the university, and Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz was a nursing student.

In 1991, Dec. 6 was declared the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

Memorial provost and vice-president academic Noreen Golfman encouraged everyone at the vigil to reflect and think about what they can do to prevent and eliminate gender-based violence.

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