Eighteen other people were wounded in the rampage, which ranks among the deadliest attacks in Canada’s modern history and has rattled a country largely unaccustomed to acts of mass violence.
Police said some of the victims appeared to have been targeted, while others were apparently random. Authorities have offered no motive for the attacks.
Three days after the rampage shattered a remote Indigenous community, Mark Arcand said the killings that claimed the lives of his sister Bonnie Burns, 48, and her son Gregory Burns, 28, were a “horrible, senseless act.”
Family of the victims of a series of stabbings on the James Smith Cree Nation reserve in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan hug following a news conference in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on Wednesday, 7 September 2022. Source: AAP / AP
“We’re broken,” he said, describing feelings of anger and sadness. “It still feels like it’s a nightmare. It doesn’t feel real.”
“We just know that our family members were killed in their own home, in their yard.”
“She was trying to protect her son.” A neighbour ran over to try to stop the assailants, but she was also stabbed to death, he said.
‘It was a war zone’
Several of the deceased victims had been identified by families and friends on social media, including a veteran, an addiction counsellor, and a mother of two who worked as a security guard at a local casino.
Ten people — some of whom had been airlifted on Sunday — remain hospitalized, including three in critical condition, according to the Saskatchewan Health Authority. Seven others have been discharged.
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