In the aftermath of the ten murders that decimated the three communities that make up the James Smith Cree Nation of Saskatchewan, details began to emerge about the identities of the victims.
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On Monday, a manhunt was still underway to find the suspects, Damien Sanderson and Myles Sanderson. The latter are said to have committed ten murders and injured 15 in a series of knife attacks in 13 different locations in the province.
According to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), “some victims were targeted by the suspects while others were randomly attacked.”
Lana Head, a mother of two, was one of the first victims identified on Monday. In an interview with “APTN News”, her ex-husband, the father of her two daughters, Michael Brett Burns, raised the possibility that drugs played a role in these acts of violence.
“It’s crazy how prison, drugs and alcohol can destroy many lives,” said the man. I am hurt by seeing all these people who have lost their lives.”
A friend of Wes Peterson, another victim, collapsed upon learning of his murder. Ruby Works considered the septuagenarian as her uncle, she told APTN News.
“I collapsed to the ground. I’ve known him since I was little,” she said of the man who was a widower. The victim was known for his big heart.
“He did not do anything. He didn’t deserve this. He was a good and generous man,” said Ruby Works.