Cana­di­ans killed in Burk­ina Faso at­tack

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA - THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

Fam­ily and friends of the six Que­be­cers who were killed in the ter­ror­ist at­tack in Burk­ina Faso are re­act­ing with shock and dis­be­lief over the deaths.

A Que­bec school board, friends and me­dia out­lets said four of the vic­tims were from the same fam­ily: Yves Car­rier, his wife Gla­dys Cham­ber­land, their adult son Charlelie Car­rier and Yves’ adult daugh­ter Maude Car­rier, a teacher.

A Que­bec City-area school, Jean de Bre­beuf, iden­ti­fied the fifth vic­tim as Louis Chabot, a for­mer teacher at the school. The iden­tity of the sixth per­son could not im­me­di­ately be ver­i­fied, but Que­bec and Burk­ina Faso me­dia said all six were trav­el­ling to­gether on a hu­man­i­tar­ian trip.

They were among at least 28 who died when ter­ror­ists stormed a lux­ury ho­tel in the cap­i­tal Oua­gadougou late Fri­day.

Karine Pa­quet, who has been friends with Maude Car­rier since high school, said her close friend seemed emo­tional over the phone the night be­fore she left for Africa.

“It was painful for her to leave her two lit­tle daugh­ters to go there, but at the same time she knew she would live an ex­tra­or­di­nary ex­pe­ri­ence,’’ she said.

She said vol­un­teer­ing for a hu­man­i­tar­ian mis­sion was in keep­ing with her friend’s gen­er­ous per­son­al­ity and love of help­ing oth­ers.

“I never knew some­one who didn’t love Maude,’’ she said. “She had a beau­ti­ful soul, a mar­vel­lous gen­eros­ity, she knew how to wel­come peo­ple, she was re­spect­ful and lov­ing... the most beau­ti­ful per­son I ever met.’’

A school board in Que­bec City said four of the six vic­tims were cur­rent or re­tired teach­ers in the Que­bec City area.

“The com­mis­sion scholaire de la Cap­i­tale learned with dis­may of the death of two mem­bers of our teach­ing staff as well as two re­tired prin­ci­pals in the at­tacks Fri­day in Burk­ina Faso,’’ it wrote on its Face­book page.

A mu­sic pro­gram for one of the com­mis­sion’s schools said three of the vic­tims worked there.

“Col­leagues and friends, we have all been blessed to know them. They will al­ways be some of the kind­est, most au­then­tic and gen­er­ous peo­ple we have known,’’ the Musique Bre­beuf pro­gram wrote on its page.

It spec­i­fied that Yves Car­rier was the for­mer as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal of the school un­til his re­tire­ment a few years ago.

“We all re­mem­ber the slo­gan ‘the best school in town,’ of which he was the au­thor,’’ the post read.

The post also stated that an­other vic­tim, Chabot, once taught math at the school and that Maude Car­rier taught French to young chil­dren.

“To­day, mourn­ing and grief over­whelm us,’’ it read. “But our thoughts are with Yves Richard, spouse of Maude, and their two daugh­ters who live th­ese dif­fi­cult times. We send them our deep­est sym­pa­thies.’’


A sol­dier walks past a burnt car in front of Cap­puc­cino cafe in Oua­gadougou, Burk­ina Faso, Sun­day.

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