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10 dead and 15 injured in mass stabbings across Saskatchewan, Canada

At least 10 people are dead and another 15 have been wounded in a stabbing spree across 13 locations throughout the province of Saskatchewan, according to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

“It is horrific what has happened in our province today,” RCMP Assistant Commissioner Rhonda Blackmore said in a press conference on Sunday.

Police said the victims were a mix of those chosen at random and some specifically targeted.

Officers are trying to find suspects Damien and Myles Sanderson, who were last seen driving a black Nissan Rogue with the Saskatchewan license plate 119 MPI.

Prime minister Justin Trudeau wrote on Twitter that the government was in “direct communication” with local authorities including the James Smith Cree Nation’s leadership, and “ready to assist in any way we can”.

“Those responsible for today’s abhorrent attacks must be fully brought to justice,” he said.

Residents of village Weldon in Saskatchewan identified 77-year-old Wes Petterson among the victims, while Lana Head, a mother of two, was identified as another one of the victims by her former partner.

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Residents detail waking up to horror on otherwise calm holiday weekend: ‘There’s too much happening’

Residents of the otherwise calm James Smith Cree Nation told local news how they woke up early on the holiday weekend Sunday to a heavy police presence and multiple cell phone alerts about the tragedy that had unfolded in the safety of their own community.

“I slept in, and I just woke up to all this news,” said Tracy Marion, a manager of the James Smith community convenience store and gas station, in an interview with the Saskatoon Star Phoenix.

The on-reserve population is estimated to be 1,892, according to their website, while the village of Weldon, the other site of multiple stabbings, is said to be about 200 people.

“It was about 7:30 a.m. My husband was in the garden. He saw police cars and an ambulance come to town. It’s a little town. This is terrible, terrible. We’ve still got our doors locked, staying inside, not going out,” Weldon resident Diane Shier described to the local news outlet in an interview on Sunday.

“We went to church this morning in the town of Weldon, and everybody came. Nobody stayed home — as far as I know — for that reason, anyways. There were police sitting on the roads,” said Carmen Hanson, another Weldon resident.

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Tributes pour in for victims killed: ‘I will forever cherish your sweet demeanor and caring ways’

Lana Head was identified by her former partner in an interview with APTN News to have died as a result of wounds she received in the brazen stabbing attacks carried out at James Smith Cree Nation on Sunday.

Michael Brett Burns, her former partner and father to their two children, said the family and friends of Head were mourning and asked that people respect their privacy during this difficult time.

“I’m hurt for all this loss,” he said.

On Head’s Facebook page, tributes for the 31-year-old began pouring in, as the news of her death began to ripple through the community.

“Still reeling as to what happened at JS. In total disbelief that were taken from this world in that horror,” wrote Teresa Stewart on Head’s Facebook wall. “I will miss our chats and seeing your chipmunk cheek smile May you be guided into the spirit world wrapped in comfort, peace and love.”

“I love you and say prayers for your children, grandchildren, your family. I am going to miss your sweet hello’s and messages. I will forever cherish your sweet demeanour and caring ways,” wrote Jenn Sanderson on the mother’s Facebook wall.

In a post from a friend who appears to be writing for one of Head’s children, the child of the deceased woman describes how they’d been looking forward to celebrating their 16th birthday, a celebration that they’ll now never get to ring in together.

“Mom. You never got to see my sweet 16.. that we both dreamed so much about. I never got to say goodbye. i’m going to miss you so much.. i don’t know what to do without you. Please reply to me and tell me this is all a dream.. please come and let’s visit in your car,” the post read, signed off from someone saying they were Head’s child.

In a Facebook post, Michael Brett Burns, the former partner of Head, shared a statement commemorating his children’s mother: “You will be missed dearly Lana. Thank you for beautiful daughters and granddaughters. Love.”

Later in the evening, Mr Burns followed that post up with another lamenting the loss of his children’s mother: “Oh my goodness i just hurt and tonight i cry alone : (”

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Two more possible victims killed in Saskatchewan stabbing identified, family reports

Two more possible victims killed on Sunday during a spate of stabbings carried out by two men who remain at large in northern Saskatchewan have been identified by their family.

On Facebook, a man named Buggy B Burns identified two of the possible victims as being his wife and first born son.

“Wow not the call to wake up to this morning while horse racing,” he began in the post, which has amassed hundreds of comments of condolences from friends and family members. “I lost my first born son Jones n my rock my wife Goodvoice-Burns Bonnie,” he said, comparing the loss to “a double edge sword”.

A woman who identified as the sister of the deceased mother reshared Mr Burns original post and lamented the loss of both her sister and her nephew.

“I’m still in total shock .. my sister n my nephew .. prayers to my brother in law n my nephews I’ll be there as soon as I can.. please send ur prayers to my family,” wrote Shawna Dawn Spyglass on Facebook.

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Flags at legislative buildings lowered to half mast

The province of Saskatchewan said that legislative buidlings and other provincial facilities will fly their flags at half mast for the lives lost in Sunday’s attack.

“The province says it’s activated Provincial Command & brought in more law enforcement resources (16 staff) from Provincial Protective Services. Flags at the Legislative Building and other prov gov buildings have been lowered. Will remain one day for each life lost,” wrote CBC Saskatchewan reporter Sam Maciag on Twitter late on Sunday night.

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Checkpoints set up across the region, police say

The multi-agency-involved manhunt for the pair of wanted men forced law enforcement agencies throughout Saskatchewan to set up checkpoints, with Manitoba and Alberta authorities also being alerted to be on the lookout for the described getaway vehicle.

The Prince Albert Police Service and Regina Police Service were said to be assisting Saskatchewan RCMP in searching for the two suspects.

From Prince Albert, located about 60km to the west of James Smith Cree Nation where the initial stabbings took place, to the capital of Regina, police have set up multiple checkpoints with officers checking for mandatory identification at each crossing.

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No motive behind the attacks released by authorities

Authorities have yet to release a motive behind the attack, but Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations Chief Bobby Cameron hinted in a release that he believes drugs to have played a role, The Globe and Mail reported.

“This is the destruction we face when harmful illegal drugs invade our communities, and we demand all authorities to take direction from the chiefs and councils and their membership to create safer and healthier communities for our people,” Mr Cameron said in a statement, without providing further comment.

The pair of men are still at large and police are asking anyone with information about their whereabouts to come forward or call 911.

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ICYMI: Everything we know about the victims identified so far

A 31-year-old mother of two. A 77-year-old widower.

Friends and family of the at least 10 people who were killed on Sunday in a northern Saskatchewan community are beginning to identify the people who died during the tragic stabbing attacks.

Residents of village Weldon in Saskatchewan identified 77-year-old Wes Petterson among the victims, who was said to love cats, be a proud maker of Saskatoon berry jam and always keen to lend a helping hand to his neighbours.

The Associated Press quoted a woman named Ruby Works as saying that Petterson was her uncle. “He didn’t do anything. He didn’t deserve this. He was a good, kind-hearted man. I’ve known him since I was just a little girl.”

Read the full report from The Independent below:

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Multiple patients being treated at several hospitals

The Saskatchewan Health Authority said multiple patients from Sunday’s stabbing attack were being treated at several sites across the region.

“A call for additional staff was issued to respond to the influx of casualties,” authority spokeswoman Anne Linemann said in an email to the Associated Press.

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Some of the victims targeted, others random, authorities say

During a briefing on Sunday night, Regina Police Chief Evan Bray confirmed that some of the victims in the deadly stabbing attacks that took place throughout Saskatchewan were targeted while others seemed to be random

Police would not disclose what the relationship is between the two suspects in the attack, Damien and Myles Sanderson, who remain at large, CBC Saskatchewan reported.

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Saskatchewan premier offers condolences to victims’ families

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe took to social media on Sunday afternoon to offer his condolences to the families and friends who knew the victims killed or injured in the brutal series of stabbing attacks that left at least 10 dead in the western Canadian province.

“I want to offer my deepest condolences on behalf of the government and people of Saskatchewan to all of the family and friends of the victims of today’s horrific attacks,” wrote the premier on Twitter.

“There are no words to adequately describe the pain and loss caused by this senseless violence. All of Saskatchewan grieves with the victims and their families.”

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