WATCH ABOVE: The family of a St. Albert RCMP officer who was shot during an investigation are saying their goodbyes. As Jessica Kent explains, the local community is showing its support.
EDMONTON – Friends and strangers came together in St. Albert on Monday night to honour two men shot in the line of duty this past weekend.
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One of them, Const. David Wynn, was shot in the head at close range and has not regained consciousness. In a tearful address to the public Monday night, his wife Shelly MacInnis-Wynn said the family was “saying their goodbyes.”
Touched by the tragic events, dozens of women and men gathered at a church in the Edmonton suburb to turn lengths of white ribbons into hundreds of bows.
WATCH: A prayer service was held in St. Albert Tuesday evening in support of the families of the two RCMP officers who were shot over the weekend. Jessica Kent was there and has more.
“We hope to cover all of the main arteries in St. Albert, all the trees that line the boulevards with white ribbons,” said Tara McCormick, organizer of United in Light. McCormick said white ribbons are a symbol of community support.
“I think our community needs that right now, and I think this is a beautiful way to give the family the support they need,” she added. The group hoped to make about a thousand ribbons, which will be put up around St. Albert on Tuesday.
Community of #StAlbert coming together to make bows for the two wounded Mounties. Will be hung around city tom. #yeg pic.twitter成都夜网/gnmcQL9HYe
— Jessica Kent (@JKentGlobal) January 20, 2015
McCormick, who thought of the idea for the ribbons with a friend, said she was very moved by the number of people who showed up on Monday night.
“There are no words, really… just great people who care, who can’t believe what happened here, and just want to do whatever they can to help.”
Those wanting to help put up ribbons on Tuesday are asked to check the United in Light Facebook page for details.