Quebec City paid tribute to the victims of the Dec. 6, 2017, “lone wolf” attack, which left six people dead and 21 injured, at a commemoration on Saturday afternoon.
Emotions ran high as local and provincial officials spoke of the victims, who ranged in age from 23 to 76.
First there was a minute of silence followed by a performance of the Hallelujah prayer written by a Lutheran minister more than 250 years ago.
Then, as white flowers were placed on the steps of the City Hall, Quebec Premier Francois Legault and Quebec City Mayor Regis Labeaume told the group of 250 survivors, relatives and victims of the attack that they wouldn’t give up on the fight against terrorism.
“You have been in this battle against hate with all your senses and your voices, and you will bring it to an end,” Legault said to applause.
A state memorial is being held for those who died later Saturday.
The Jan. 30, 2019, anniversary of the attack also will commemorate the first year since the alleged gunman, Alexandre Bissonnette, was sentenced to a life sentence with no possibility of parole for 50 years.
The judge who sentenced Bissonnette said the killings marked a low point in the country’s history, the worst terrorist act since the 2005 attacks on London’s transit system.