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Ten people killed in Canadian stabbing rampage identified


(Al Jazeera) Canadian authorities have released the names of the 10 people killed in a string of stabbings in remote communities in the province of Saskatchewan, as police continue to search for one of the suspects in the deadly attacks.

The Saskatchewan Coroner’s Service and Saskatchewan Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) on Wednesday confirmed the identities of the victims killed in James Smith Cree Nation and in the nearby village of Weldon on the weekend.

The victims ranged in age from 23 to 78, and most were from James Smith Cree Nation, an Indigenous community that has been left reeling in the aftermath of Sunday’s deadly violence.

The victims are:

Thomas Burns, 23, of James Smith Cree Nation
Carol Burns, 46, of James Smith Cree Nation
Gregory Burns, 28, of James Smith Cree Nation
Gloria Lydia Burns, 61, of James Smith Cree Nation
Bonnie Burns, 48, of James Smith Cree Nation
Earl Burns, 66, of James Smith Cree Nation
Lana Head, 49, of James Smith Cree Nation
Christian Head, 54, of James Smith Cree Nation
Robert Sanderson, 49, of James Smith Cree Nation
Wesley Petterson, 78, of Weldon

The RCMP said the names of the 18 people injured in the attacks would not be released, but confirmed that a young teenager was among those hurt. The other injured people are adult men and women, police said.

Sunday’s attacks in Saskatchewan, a province on the Canadian prairies, mark one of the deadliest incidents of violence in Canada’s history, and have spurred widespread grief and fear.

Police continue to search for suspect Myles Sanderson, 30, who faces three counts of first-degree murder in the attacks, among other charges.

His brother, 31-year-old Damien Sanderson, was also a suspect and faced a first-degree murder charge, but he was found dead in James Smith Cree Nation on Monday. Police said Damien Sanderson’s body bore injuries “not believed to be self-inflicted”.

Saskatchewan RCMP on Tuesday ordered residents of the Indigenous community, home to approximately 1,900 people who live on the reserve, to shelter in place after they received reports of a “possible sighting” of Myles Sanderson. They later said he was not in the community.

Earlier this week, police had said Myles Sanderson could be in Regina, the provincial capital, approximately 320km (200 miles) from where the attacks took place.


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