Hun­dreds mourn vic­tims of over­pass col­lapse

Saskatoon StarPhoenix - - National -

LAVAL, Que. (CP) — Clutch­ing his new-found friend — a small brown teddy bear — eight-yearold Gabriel Hamel in­no­cently waved good­bye Fri­day to the som­bre faces at­tend­ing the funeral of his par­ents and un­cle.

“Thanks for com­ing,” he called out as the cortege pulled away from a Ro­man Catholic church in Laval, north of Mon­treal.

More than 800 peo­ple packed into St-Sylvain Church to pay their fi­nal re­spects to three of the five peo­ple crushed to death when an over­pass col­lapsed onto a high­way in Laval last week­end.

The one-hour cer­e­mony was held for Hamel’s par­ents — Sylvie Beaudet, 44, and Jean-Pierre Hamel, 40 — and his un­cle, Gilles Hamel, 44.

Fam­ily mem­bers said the tragedy hasn’t re­ally sunk in for Gabriel, who re­ceived sup­port at the funeral from many of his class­mates.

—CP

The urns of Sylvie Beaudet, Jean-Pierre Hamel and Gilles Hamel at their fu­ner­als in Laval, Que., Fri­day

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