Residents have identified some of the victims of the deadly series of stabbings in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. They are said to be mother of two Lana Head, her partner, bus driver Earl Burns Sr. and Wes Petterson, a 77-year-old widower. This is reported by ‘APTN National News’ and the Canadian press agency ‘The Canadian Press News’, among others.

We reported earlier:

In Saskatchewan, two perpetrators carried out a massacre in thirteen different places. At least ten people died and fifteen were injured, according to the police. It is possible, however, that there are more. The suspects are still on the run, and a major manhunt is underway.

On social media, Cassie Constant tells how her uncle is with the fatalities. “My uncle Earl Burns Sr. was a good family man with a good heart and a warm smile. He was also a public school bus driver for many years. He did not deserve this. None of them deserved this,” she wrote alongside a photo of the victim.


Michael Brett Burns told ‘APTN National News’ that his ex Lana Head is among those killed. She is the mother of their two daughters. Her male partner did not survive either. Both died in the James Smith Cree Nation reserve. According to the man, the local community is in shock. He himself spent last night at Melfort Hospital comforting fellow sufferers.

Residents of Weldon, another place where the men struck, have identified a victim as Wes Petterson, a 77-year-old widower. His adult grandson was reportedly in the house when the men struck. He is said to have been in the basement and called the police. “He stayed downstairs until they were gone,” said local resident Robert Rush. He described the victim as a friendly seventy-something who had lost his wife. “He didn’t hurt a fly,” he responded.

Another resident, Ruby Works, says the same. According to her, the old man was like an uncle to her. “I collapsed and fell to the ground when I heard the news. I have known him since I was a little girl,” she says of the moment she heard the news. According to the woman, the seventy-year-old loved his cats, was proud of his homemade berry jam and was always ready to help his neighbours. “He did nothing wrong,” she says. “He didn’t deserve this. He was a good, kind-hearted man.”


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