Teacher, tutor identified as victims of La Loche mass shooting

A teacher and a tutor have been identified as two of the victims in a mass shooting that left four people dead in La Loche, Sask.

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on Friday.

Family members confirmed to CTV News that Adam Wood, a new teacher, and Marie Janvier, a 23-year-old tutor, were both killed when a gunman stormed Dene High School on Friday afternoon.

According to a statement from his family, Wood was originally from Uxbridge, Ont.

His family said he moved to La Loche this past September to begin his teaching career, and was enjoying his experience there.

"Adam was quite an adventurer, had a passion for life, and would make you laugh until your stomach hurt," the family said. "He was always up for a good challenge and lived each day joyously."

Ashton Lemaigre, a friend of Janvier's, told the Canadian Press that the tutor was kind and patient with children. "The kids loved having her around," Lemaigre said. "When we were out and about kids would say 'Hi.' They would just come running to her. And she was just a friend to everybody."

Wood and Janvier were two of four victims killed when police say a shooter went on a rampage through the school and another nearby location on Friday.

A male suspect is in custody in connection to the case.

An unspecified number of other victims sustained injuries and had to be airlifted to hospital in Saskatoon, which is about 600 kilometres south of La Loche.

According to the town's acting mayor, Kevin Janvier, both students and school staff members are among the victims.

Janvier also said the suspect is younger than 21 and a former student at Dene High School.

Police have not identified the suspect or a possible motive, but say he was arrested on Friday outside of the school.

On Friday, Saskatchewan RCMP Chief Supt. Maureen Levy said officers have also recovered a firearm, and that the public is no longer in danger.

But security and tensions remained high on Saturday, as community members began piecing together the tragic events.

In the town of fewer than 3,000 people, many told CTV Saskatoon that they knew the victims or suspect personally.

And many said they are shocked that such an event could occur in their hometown.

Mourners gathered at the Dene High School on Friday to pay their respects to the victims with a candlelit vigil.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also offered his condolences on Friday, calling the shooting "a parent's worst nightmare."

"We all grieve with and stand with the community of La Loche and the province of Saskatchewan on this terrible and tragic day," he said from Davos, Switzerland.

RCMP are currently investigating two scenes in connection with the case.

With files from CTV's Sarah Plowman and the Canadian Press



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