Photos of the 14 women shot to death on Dec. 6, 1989.

Events will honour the 14 women who were shot to death on December 6, 1989.
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Massacre of 14 women in Montreal remembered

A gunman shot students at Montreal’s Ecole Polytechnique 28 years ago killing 14 women and injuring another 14 people. The 25-year-old Marc Lepine walked into the engineering school on December 6, 1989, separated the men from the women and began shooting. He then killed himself.

Today, the president of the school’s student association placed a bouquet of white roses to honour the 14 women murdered in the Montreal massacre 28 years ago.
Today, the president of the school’s student association placed a bouquet of white roses to honour the 14 women murdered in the Montreal massacre 28 years ago. © Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press

Roses, candles, lights

This morning, representatives from the school laid bouquets of roses at a commemorative plaque nearby. While on his visit to China, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lit candles at a ceremony to remember the victims. Tonight, 14 beams of light will point into the sky at a lookout in the heart of Montreal. The mayor and the prime minister’s wife are expected to attend.

As was the case last year, 14 beams of light will shine into the sky above Montreal tonight.
As was the case last year, 14 beams of light will shine into the sky above Montreal tonight. © Ryan Remiorz/Canadian Press/Dec. 6, 2016.

In a note left behind, Lepine blamed women for ruining his life.

The women mourned are:

  • Geneviève Bergeron, civil engineering student.
  • Hélène Colgan, mechanical engineering student.
  • Nathalie Croteau, mechanical engineering student.
  • Barbara Daigneault, mechanical engineering student.
  • Anne-Marie Edward, chemical engineering student.
  • Maud Haviernick, materials engineering student.
  • Maryse Laganière, budget clerk.
  • Maryse Leclair, materials engineering student.
  • Anne-Marie Lemay, mechanical engineering student.
  • Sonia Pelletier, mechanical engineering student.
  • Michèle Richard, materials engineering student.
  • Annie St-Arneault, mechanical engineering student.
  • Annie Turcotte, materials engineering student.
  • Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz, nursing student.
At Canada’s consulate in Guangzhou, China Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lit a candle to commemorate the victims of Polytechnique massacre.
At Canada’s consulate in Guangzhou, China Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lit a candle to commemorate the victims of Polytechnique massacre. © Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press
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2 comments on “Massacre of 14 women in Montreal remembered
  1. Avatar Rene Albert says:

    And I suppose Trudeau will again apologize on behalf of Canada for the massacre…

    It was a terrible thing to happen, but not Canada’s fault! It was the fault of Lepine, a lone deranged individual…end of story!

    And from what I hear, don’t count on Trudeau’s Liberal party to protect Canadians in the future either. Ourt old planes are over 25 years old, our submarines bought used almost never works, and DND is in total shambles. Plus now Canada’s role will primarily be as peacekeepers, which simply means the government won’t be able to protect Canadians which is supposed to be its top priority…

    • Avatar Riad says:

      It is such a total nonsense what you are saying. You really think that we need protection.
      From whom terrorists. If we really want to combat that phenomena the simple thing to do is to stop participating in it. How, well first let’s stop selling arms to countries like Saudi Arabia, and let’s withdraw our troops from the middle east and Afganistan
      You are jumping from a subject that has more to do with mental issues and Gun control than to an issue of international politic and terrorism wich by the way is pure propaganda. Let’s stop being a satelite country of the USA
      let’s please remember the senseless massacre of these 14 beautiful women, in that cold day of decembber 6th of 1989