The Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shed tears, preaching national unity during Friday’s funerals of three victims of the Quebec mosque attack.
During Friday’s funerals for the three of the six victims who were gunned down by a far-right French Canadian terrorist, the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shed tears while preaching national unity at this time of crisis.
Funerals were held on Friday for the three of the six victims of the terrorist attack against a mosque in Quebec City- Mamadou Tanou Barry, 42, Ibrahima Barry, 39, and Azzedine Soufaine, 57.
According to The Toronto Star, the Barry men were from Guinea, and Soufaine had migrated from Morocco.
This was one day after the funerals for the other three victims of the shooting, which were held in Montreal.
Trudeau as well as thousands of dignitaries, community leaders and citizens attended the memorial service at the Quebec City convention center.
According to The Toronto Star, Justin Trudeau spoke at the funerals, saying the shooting “should give public figures pause as to what words and statements they make through the press.”
“It’s high time those behind these messages – whether they are politicians, radio or TV hosts or other public personalities – realize the harm their words can cause,” he said
“Confronted with these words that hurt and exclude, it falls on us to defend the values that are important to us.”
“Every one of us is responsible for leading the fight against injustice and discrimination in daily life, for acting in a way that represents who we are, that represents Canada, that represents the country that Azzedine Soufiane, Mamadou Tanou Barry and Ibrahima Barry loved so much,” he continued.
“It is with a heavy heart that we come together this afternoon to grieve the loss of these innocent lives. But as a community and as a country, together we will rise from this darkness stronger and more unified than ever before. That is who we are,” he said.