Nova Scotia mourns those lost in mass killing

An elementary school teacher and an RCMP officer have been identified as among at least 16 victims who died in this weekend’s shooting spree in rural Nova Scotia, one of the worst mass killings in Canadian history.

Lisa McCully was a teacher at Debert Elementary in Debert, N.S., the Nova Scotia Teachers Union said late Sunday. 

Union president Paul Wozney said McCully was a passionate teacher and that “9,300 NSTU hearts are broken along with those of her colleagues and students at Debert Elementary.” 

Const. Heidi Stevenson was identified Sunday by RCMP as the officer killed responding to the call about an active shooter. She was a 23-year member of the RCMP and mother of two. 

“I met with Heidi’s family and there are no words to describe their pain,” Lee Bergerman, the commanding officer for RCMP in Nova Scotia and assistant commissioner, said in a news conference on Sunday. 

“Two children have lost their mother and a husband his wife. Parents lost their daughter and countless others lost an incredible friend and colleague.”

A small memorial for Const. Heidi Stevenson was put up outside RCMP headquarters in Dartmouth, N.S., on Monday. (Héloise Rodriguez-Qizilbash/Radio-Canada)

The RCMP said all the victims appear to have been killed by 51-year-old Gabriel Wortman, who at one point wore a police uniform and drove a mock-up police cruiser as he went on a rampage throughout a part of rural Nova Scotia. 

The first reports of an active shooter came late Saturday from Portapique, a community about 40 kilometres west of Truro. Wortman was shot to death by police at a gas station in Enfield about 12 hours later.

Stevenson is being remembered as a good neighbour, colleague and friend by Staff Sgt. Scott MacDonald with the Halifax Regional Police. In a news release, he said he was honoured to have known Stevenson.

Another RCMP officer was injured while responding to the call. He is recovering in hospital.

CBC News will continue to update this file as more information about victims becomes available. If you want to share your memories of someone who lost their life in this tragedy, email [email protected] . 


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