Officials have confirmed that four family members and two family friends of the family, all from Quebec, were among those killed in the brutal terrorist attack carried out in Burkina Faso this week. The family members identified were retired teacher, Yves Carrier, his daughter and a teacher, Maude, his wife and a provincial civil servant, Gladys Chamberland, and their son, student and counsellor at an outdoor camp, Charlélie.
In addition to the family, the two friends of the family who also fell victim to the attack were identified as Louis Chabot and Suzanne Bernier from Lac Beauport in the Quebec City area. All six victims were visiting the West African nation for three weeks to help build a school with help from a religious organization Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, as well as the group Centre Amitié de solidarité internationale de la région des Appalaches.
The Mayor of Lac Beauport, Louise Brunet, has mentioned that the town is in shock and it has decided to fly its flags at half-mast. Mayour Brunet stated that “we are a little community and everyone known everyone almost here, so I think it’s really hard for people,” adding that “it’s unbearable when you have such people, so kind, so generous and something like that occurs it’s really unbearable for me and most of the people (here). We think terrorism is really far away but it can be really close also.”
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