Published January 24, 2016
CLEARWATER RIVER DENE NATION – An unnamed 17-year-old boy has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder and seven counts of attempted murder that happened Friday, January 22, 2016, in the community of La Loche on the Clearwater Dene Nation in a remote area of Saskatchewan, some six hours north of Saskatoon.
Because of his age, the suspect cannot be named under the Canadian Youth Criminal Justice Act.
The suspect allegedly killed two brothers Dayne, 17, and Drayden, 13, Fontaine at a private residence.
Two other people were shot and remain in critical condition.
He then drove to a high school and allegedly killed adults, Marie Janvier, 21, an educational assistant at the school and Adam Wood, 35, a teacher. Janvier’s father, Kevin Janvier, is the acting mayor of La Loche.
As the teachers and students noticed the suspect with a shotgun, they began to call the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). Upon arrival, RCMP found the school doors blasted with holes. One officer saw the suspect with a gun and chased him through the school building. Within a few minutes, he surrendered without further incidents.
Students who know the suspect say he was quiet and was not a trouble maker.
Why the young boy committed the bloodshed is not known at this time. A full investigation continues in the La Loche community of some 3,000.
“Right now, La Loche is devastated,” said Clearwater River Dene Nation Chief Teddy Clark to the Saskatoon Star Phoenix on Friday. “The community pulls together really strong in times like this,” Chief Clark continued.
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