Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Memorial Design and Musical Ride Mark Anniversary of Mountie Shootings

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Memorial Design and Musical Ride Mark Anniversary of Mountie Shootings

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Wives offer thanks a year after shootings

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MONCTON, N.B. - The wives of three fallen Mounties say the outpouring of public support has helped them and their families in the year since their husbands were gunned down in Moncton, N.B.

"To everyone near and far who has been there for us, thank you," Angela Gevaudan said. "Your light guides us as we rebuild our lives and move forward."

Gevaudan, Nadine Larche and Rachael Ross stood before hundreds of people gathered at a ceremony in the city Thursday to unveil the winning design for a memorial to the RCMP officers who were killed by Justin Bourque last June 4.

Constables Dave Ross, Fabrice Gevaudan and Doug Larche died and constables Eric Dubois and Darlene Goguen were wounded by Bourque. Bourque was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 75 years after pleading guilty to three counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder.

On Thursday, Angela Gevaudan said the wives wanted to show their gratitude for a community that has embraced them and their families since the officers rushed to a neighbourhood in the city's north end to try and apprehend Bourque.

Rachael Ross said the last year has been one of challenges and there are still challenges ahead.

"We keep putting one foot ahead of the other and try to keep our focus on what we have to be thankful for," Ross said.

The women also thanked the government and the artist who designed a memorial statue that features the three RCMP officers.

They received a standing ovation from the crowd in attendance for the ceremony in front of Moncton City Hall, including representatives of all three levels of government.

The federal budget tabled in April allocated up to $1 million for the memorial, which will be placed in a waterfront park.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper said the shootings deeply affected the entire country and that memories of the fallen officers will endure.

"This violent incident was a vivid reminder of the dangers that our courageous men and women in uniform face every day as they protect communities across our nation," Harper said in a statement.

The message was repeated in Moncton by Steven Blaney, the federal minister of public safety. …

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