14 beams of light: Victims of Polytechnique massacre remembered in sombre ceremony

On Dec. 6, 1989, 14 women were killed at École Polytechnique de Montréal simply because they were women.

On Wednesday evening, a short, sombre ceremony was held in their memory.

Geneviève Bergeron, Hélène Colgan, Nathalie Croteau, Barbara Daigneault, Anne-Marie Edward, Maud Haviernick, Barbara Klucznik, Maryse Laganière.

As each name was read out, a beam of light rose from the lookout at Mount Royal.

Maryse Leclair, Anne-Marie Lemay, Sonia Pelletier, Michèle Richard, Annie St-Arneault, Annie Turcotte.

Fourteen women, 14 beams of light.

There were tears in the crowd as the names were read and white flowers were placed in front of a picture of the women.

For Dominique Anglade, the deputy premier of Quebec and the minister of Economy, Science and Innovation, the event had a particular significance. It was one year after the shooting that she decided to study engineering…

Original published: 2017-12-07 02:02:56 Read the full Montreal News here


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