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